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Thread: Zagunis: Sabre Fencers are Punk Rockers

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    Zagunis: Sabre Fencers are Punk Rockers

    Caught an NPR profile of Mariel Zagunis this morning where they opened up with the Sex Pistols.



    ...sabre fencers, Zagunis says, are the "punk rockers" of her sport.

    "You have to be more aggressive and explosive and kind of crazy," she says. "I think that kind of plays into our personality."



    Here's the full story. [link]

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    Sabre Fencers : Sex Pistols
    Foil Fencers : _______ (Bon Jovi)
    Epee Fencers : _______ (Kenny G)

    Debate amongst yourselves.
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    Geez, was punk rock chosen as meme of the week or something?

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    Geez. I don't want to be associated with punk rock...

    Can veteran sabre fencers be Beethoven or Liszt instead?
    Use the Shift key, people! Keyboard manufacturers everywhere are ineffably saddened when you ignore what they made just for you!

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    Inquartata: Johnny Rotten or Sid Vicious?

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    Well, Sid Vicious didn't know how to play his instrument, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fencerX View Post
    Inquartata: Johnny Rotten or Sid Vicious?
    Nah.....classical composer Camille Saint-Saens.....he poked fun at other composers (in "Carnival of the Animals") the say way Inq does to epeeists.
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    One of the commenters on the story at the NPR website said that saber was more jazz than punk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fencerX View Post
    Inquartata: Johnny Rotten or Sid Vicious?
    Rat Scabies

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    I'd say epee is more like dubstep. Repetitive bouncing punctuated with dramatic changes in tempo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgriff View Post
    One of the commenters on the story at the NPR website said that saber was more jazz than punk.
    But who?? Miles Davis? Chuck Mangione? Stan Kenton??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    ...sabre fencers, Zagunis says, are the "punk rockers" of her sport.
    Hopefully she can hear London Calling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piste off View Post
    Hopefully she can hear London Calling.
    Anarchy in the UK?
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    well the "punk" part is right.
    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WON'T YOU BUY MY TACTICAL WHEEL!!!????

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    Saber is more like punk rock, paper, scissors.
    "Some people are born great fencers, some people achieve fencing greatness, and some people have it thrust upon them."

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    You're right, most saber fencers do look like this (particularly Mariel):

    ltwtrh7naiqdiadh.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by telkanuru View Post
    You're right, most saber fencers do look like this (particularly Mariel):

    ltwtrh7naiqdiadh.jpg
    Dear Mother of God....someone get me the eye bleach!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Fencer View Post
    Dear Mother of God....someone get me the eye bleach!!
    o5zsrt.jpg
    Another typical sabre fencer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    ]"...sabre fencers, Zagunis says, are the "punk rockers" of her sport....

    "
    Yes.

    Thanks.

    Anything.

    So glad she didn't mention Khachaturian.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Inquartata View Post
    Geez. I don't want to be associated with punk rock...

    Can veteran sabre fencers be Beethoven or Liszt instead?
    I think I'm partial to Orff in this case...
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