Junior Olympic Fencing Championships in Baltimore


It is intense and emotional, and the Junior Olympic Fencing Championships are right in Baltimore.  The athletes are as young as 11. 

They are using what appears to be a sharp weapon to fight an opponent, but no scars and no blood.  The first one to stick the other gets a point on the board.

The competitors say they're often "on the fence" with their emotions during a match and it is physical.  

"It's a lot of lunging very deep, deep motions.  If you hold something for too long and you move your blade around like that that you have to have really good forearm muscles.  So what people end up doing is lots of push-ups, lots of sit-ups," said Jack Maes, a fencing athlete.    

Fencing has been at every Olympic Games.  If you want to watch the competition, it's free.

Go to the Baltimore Convention Center on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. or Monday from 8:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.


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