Fencing at the Olympic Games
Fencing is one of only five sports have been contested at every summer Olympic Games since 1896. The others are: Athletics, Cycling, Gymnastics and Swimming. 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.
2016 Olympic Fencing Events
There are 10 events. The men's team sabre and the women's team foil have been dropped from the program, only at these Games following a rotation system.
There are 5 medal events for men, and 5 for women, though the actual events differ.
- 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.
- Four Hungarian Olympic fencing gold medallists died in German concentration camps during World War Two. They were Oszkar Gerde (winner 1908, 1912); Janos Garay (1928 winner); Endre Kabos (1932, 1936); and Attila Petschauer (1928, 1932).
- 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 another Olympic sport, the modern pentathlon.
- For more information about the sport of Fencing
- Singlesticks, a fencing event, was once part of the Olympics
- La Canne, or French stick fighting, was a demonstration sport at the 1924 Olympics.
- See more on the Greatest Fencers at the Olympics.
- See also information about fencing at the Commonwealth Games
- wheelchair fencing at the Paralympics
- List of Olympic Sports