Fencing at the Olympic Games
The competition rules and fencing weapons used have varied a little over the history of the modern Olympics. Three types of weapon are used in the sport of Olympic fencing today: the Foil, Épée and Sabre. The singlestick was featured in the 1904 Olympic Games, but it was already declining in popularity at that time.
2012 Olympic Fencing Events
changes: the Women's Sabre Team event was dropped after only being on the program once, and replaced with Women's Épée team event. For the men, team épée has been dropped and team foil event comes back in.
The medal events for Olympic fencing is the same for men and women except for the men's team sabre and women's team épée.
- The women's foil event was first included in the program for the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
- Austrian Otto Herschmann won the silver in the team sabre fencing event in the 1912 Games, and was at the time the president of the Austrian Olympic Committee. He is the only sitting national Olympic committee president to win a medal in the Olympics. Herschmann died in 1942 in a Nazi concentration camp.
- The best all-time performing fencers at the Olympic Games are Italian Edoardo Mangiarotti (13 medals) and Hungarian Aladár Gerevich (7 gold). See more on the Greatest Fencers at the Olympics.
- A fencing event is also part of the modern pentathlon.