Well, after years of threats from the FIE, the flick shot may be in real
danger of removal from foil fencing. I was told that at the Olympic
Festival this year the timing of the foil machines was adjusted such that
flick shots that didn't hit solidly would not register. I guess the point
has to be in contact with the lame for a longer time of something, instead
of just lightly touching the surface for less than a second. Flick shots
will still land, I guess, but only ones that land solidly. I wasn't at the
Olympic Fest myself, ( I was, like, 40th alternate... :-) ) but I heard
this from an athlete who was there. Apparently, the officials informed the
athletes of the change in timing to the boxes before the start of the
competition. flick shots could still be landed but only if the point
I think this is really ironic because I remember reading on this newgroup
an idea for getting rid of the flick shot that was very similar if not
identical to the one that was actually used.
Anyway, I think it's a good idea because it will keep cheezy flicks from
landing or maybe even those cheez touches that go off but _barely_ brush
your lame. Don't you just hate those? I know I do!
On the other hand, why do we want to get rid of the flick? The only
trouble people are having is referees figuring out if flicksters are
attacking when all they're doing is moving their wrist and sort of waving
their blade in the direction of their opponent.
It doesn't matter what happens to the flick shot because, jsut like when
they got rid of the fleshe in sabre, the good fencers will win, the bad
fencers will lose.