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[Pescara, Italy; June 28. Image via Getty]

PESCARA, ITALY - JUNE 28: Vasiliki Vougiouka of Greece during the timeout in the women's individual sabre semi final fencing match on June 28, 2009 in Pescara, Italy. (Photo by Getty Images/ (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)


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Rare Affinity

We did fenced at my all girls' school. The fencing master had to gently chide us in our first lesson that we were supposed to move backwards and forwards and not chase each other around the room like extras from an Errol Flyn movie. We also felt going for the bare neck whenever the mask slipped up was fair game. Whoever said the female of the species is deadly than the male had obviously watched us fence.