Fourth Google Doodle for Olympic Game London 2012 ‘Fencing’ on 30 July 2012. Google is featuring “Fencing” by showing the Doodle “London 2012 Fencing”. This is the Fourth Doodle for the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
Fencing competitions at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London are happening from 28 July to 5 August at ExCeL Exhibition Centre. Ten events (6 individual, 4 team) are scheduled to be contested. The International Fencing Federation (FIE) pushed for the inclusion of two more team events, but the IOC voted to keep the current format of ten events.
Italy’s Valentina Vezzali has a chance to become only the fourth athlete to win individual gold medals in four consecutive Summer Olympics if she wins women’s individual foil competition.
Maria Valentina Vezzali has won five Olympic gold medals in foil competitions.
Vezzali is the first fencer in Olympic history to win three Individual Foil gold medals at three consecutive Olympics – Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. She also won thirteen gold medals at the World Fencing Championships, six in individual competitions and another seven in team competitions , plus four silver medals and three bronze medals.
Although sword fighting dates back thousands of years, Fencing as we now understand it really came of age as a sport in the 19th century. A tense, compelling battle of wits and technique, the sport is one of the few to have featured at every modern Olympic Games.
Fencing has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since the birth of the modern Olympic movement at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens. Women’s foil made its Olympic debut in Paris, during the 1924 Olympic Games. There are three forms of Olympic fencing:
• Foil – a light thrusting weapon; the valid target is restricted to the torso; double touches are not allowed.
• Épée – a heavy thrusting weapon; the valid target area covers the entire body; double touches are allowed.
• Sabre – a light cutting and thrusting weapon; the valid target area includes almost everything above the waist (excluding the back of the head and the hands); double touches are not allowed.
Fencing takes place on a piste, 14 metres long and between 1.5m and 2m wide. All 10 medal events on the Fencing programme are run in a knockout format.
Fencing is a fast, tense sport. Fencers must use all their wits and quick thinking to out manoeuvre their opponent, judging the right time and the most effective way to attack.