Sword to Shot Put: 10 Olympic Sports You've Never Thought About

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Sword to Shot Put: 10 Olympic Sports You've Never Thought About

Ever wonder how much a javelin weighs or where the pole vault came from? Olympics events feature some pretty odd sports equipment. Here's a run-down of the Game's most intriguing competitions.

Fencing Swords

Fencing Foil: 17 5/8 oz. (about 1.15 lbs) with maximum length of 3' 6"

Fencing Épée (similar to Sabre): 27 1/8 oz. (about 1.70 lbs) with maximum length of 3' 6"

No matter how you slice it, sword fighting is pretty cool. Each sword is designed with a different specialty in mind: stabbing, slicing, and cutting. The goofy outfits and lack of physical danger probably keep fencing interests niche, but for people into duels, Olympic fencing brings the best swordsmen together in gripping match lineups. Something tells us this event would get a higher thrill rating if fencers weren't allowed to wear protective gear, though.

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