Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fencing Fact: 8

This Fencing Fact was inspired by an incredibly stupid comment made by a swimmer that i overheard at states. i did my best to set him straight but feel i did a bad job of explaining so i want to give it another go. the incredible stupid comment i am referencing is that he thought that the fencers were on leashes! when i heard that it took me a second to realize he was talking about the reels. the reels are basically an extremely well insulated wire that winds itself up like a tape measure. it takes the signals from our blades and lames and sends them back to the scoring box, it winds itself up so that we don't end up tripping over the wire. at the Olympics they use a wireless system but since that is crazy expensive and we do not have nearly that much money we use the reels. and yes the swimmer actually thought we were on leashes, moron.

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