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Sean and Gav are joined by a new co-host - GB international sabreur Kate Daykin. Together they look at the end of the regular season from Paris (again), Shanghai, Dubai and Moscow. Sean presents his homage to Deriglazova, Gav reveals his most embarrassing fencing moment and Kate seeks haircare tips from Velikaya. Coolest Fencer on the Planet is more hotly contested than ever."


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Links to the streams

Paris (SNCF) - mens epee
https://youtu.be/_qKswkVbefg

Shanghai - mens foil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLNprnRFL_I&list=PL_pQQho0KExzVy3k10qRjSnvStI3A7UJX

Dubai

These are a bit all over the place but they’re all available on Fencing Vision.
For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0Ytci4wC6Y

Moscow - sabre GP
Women’s finals: https://youtu.be/iynOyROZK8k
Men’s FInals: https://youtu.be/os1hDi-76eM

How many tournaments???

Welcome to episode 42. How many tournaments can we talk about?

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TONS of action this episode.

Let’s start off with a bit of contrition. We missed Barcelona Women’s Epee last episode. it’s so busy at this time of the year that it feels easy to miss something. We feel bad, especially Gav who does watch Womens Epee.

We had a discussion on the role of commentary. Gav admits that he can’t watch fencing without sound and Sean observes that fencing without audio feels a bit amateurish? What do you think? Interested in your views on that one.

Foil from Cairo:
Individual: https://youtu.be/fT7WUjVvGj8
Team: https://youtu.be/DiVQ6FztMGU

Budapest Grand Prix
Epee FInals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULsFvP83XB4&t=8523s

Mens Sabre Padua
Mens Sabre Individual: https://youtu.be/K_d7-P0Azss
Mens Sabre Teams: https://youtu.be/h4ql_bj-lMk

Womens Sabre Athens
Womens Sabre Individual: https://youtu.be/K_d7-P0Azss
Womens Sabre Teams: https://youtu.be/iy9jIj7S2gI

At home with Alice & Daniele. A ton of action

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Arianna interviews fencing's most successful and glamorous couple, Olympic men's foil champion Daniele Garozzo and women's foil world champion Alice Volpi. There's been a deluge of action - Warsaw men's sabre, Turin foil Grand Prix, Vancouver men's epee and Cairo Sabre Grand Prix. Sean forgets his notes and Gav names his favourite children's television programmes. It's all here!

Warsaw Men’s Sabre
Individual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mzzuu4rSME&list=PL_pQQho0KExwaMBczq1_IXjsJlkyUfX-A
Team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04U1Bfmz5m8&list=PL_pQQho0KExw9ioJdAAktzMXXBGUrJlFF

Turin Foil
Finals Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AungGAaZfGE

Vancouver Epee
Finals Individual: https://youtu.be/IDvnp4YdruY
Finals Team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCwIbnfPpRo

Cairo Sabre

Mens Sabre Finals: https://youtu.be/qBKBR1YHXQM
Womens Sabre Finals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQGm18mrHN0

Episode 39: A jaunt to Paris, an interview with Race Imboden

Sean and Gav go to Paris for the Challenge International de Paris and spend all weekend working. While in Paris we met up with the lovely Arianna Scarnecchia of PianetaScherma who have kindly allowed us to share an interview with Race Imboden. While we are in Paris, elsewhere in Europe Heidenheim men's epee was in full swing. It’s a stupidly big competition and sees the first run out of the new non-combativity “Unwillingnes to Fence” rules. Katowice women's foil sees a mixture of the familiar and the new.

Note: You’ll hear some heavy breathing in the background. You’re not hearing an asthmatic pug, Gav picked up a cold while he was in France!

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Paris men’s foil individual (with commentary provided by us.
Unfortunately the audio quality is terrible): https://youtu.be/XkOmuvDvSBg

Heidenheim men’s epee individual finals: https://youtu.be/Nrc4EzUvAp4

Katowice women’s foil individual playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_pQQho0KExzavF_D0er_ReGbiU8zbCI5

Episode 33: We cast the runes...

The dust has settled on the season, the fencers have fought and now it's time for Sean and Gav to sit down and scry what might happen in the World Championships in Wuxi, China. We cast the runes, Gav investigates the gribbly bits of Epee, Sean tries his hand at a bit of Sabre divination.

Where the stars in alignment? We'll only know once the World Championships are over...

Episode 30: A grab bag of Epee, Sabre and Foil

We talk about the Moscow Sabre Grand Prix - Queen Velikaya returns and we find out who scares Sean. Gav's been watching the SNCF Reseau men's epee from Paris. Oldies dominate the podium and Sean doesn't feel encouraged to watch the team event. And finally we look at the Shanghai Foil Grand Prix with mixed feelings of joy and inevitability. Gav's previously hitherto unknown obsession with Quavers* becomes apparent...

Our flirtation with democracy comes to an end as Sean imposes his coolest fencer on the planet**!

Video links below:

Moscow Sabre Grand Prix
Mens Sabre
Womens Sabre

SNCF Reseau Paris
You can watch it all here on the French Federation's youtube channel.

Shanghai Grand Prix
Womens Foil
Mens Foil

*Editor's Note: Quavers are a delicious cheese flavour potato-based snack. They don't sponsor us but probably should.
**Power to the people, who's with me? -Gav

Episode 9: Long Beach GP, The Junior & Cadet World Champs

Episode 9: Long Beach GP, The Junior & Cadet World Champs

The only recent senior action happened in the Long Beach Foil Grand Prix. Our duo discuss the highlights. James Davis and Marcus Mepstead send in their thoughts following the tournament.

Video from the event can be found here: https://youtu.be/bXlzMDXh_QM

We look forward to the upcoming Cadet and Junior World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Gav hopes it isn't held in a car-park and fails his Bulgarian history exam. The podcasters throw the runes and divine who might be worth looking for at the event. We're really looking forward to this and will watch it to the bitter end.

More information here: http://fencingplovdiv.com/world/

The FIE have released a new Video magazine. Sean watched it, liked it and offers somethoughts.

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Episode 6: Results and Boring Fencing

Episode 6: Results and Boring Fencing

Sean and Gav bring you a bumper episode! Juniors need to take a back seat this time around so that the gruesome twosome can get through all of the highs and lows of the recent international circuit. Gav had a blast watching Heidenheim, Sean is glad that one of the great Germans is back on form and neither is that impressed by... well you will have to listen and find out.

They also answer a couple of listener questions and have a quick chat about internet resources.

Finally, a BIG hello to our Patreon backers!