Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ion Drimba - Fencing Olympic Champion Mexico 1968

A 15 second clip showing Ion Drimba's (1942 - 2006) winning form at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Drimba was once asked why he never parried. Drimba was astonished at the question and replied that parries were dangerous, suppose one missed? Drimba's first touch is scored with a rollicking attack and remise that leaves him on the floor. The second, and presumably winning touch, is an athletic rassemblement (go to the 7 second marker to see it unfold). In all fairness to Drimba, he later became a more subdued fencing teacher, and his students always displayed a beautiful, controlled fencing style.

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