Way back in the day when we were young and there was a war on, and things were different (okay, mostly last weekend… probably more last week if truth be told) there was a percolation of synapses, endorphins, Hibiki and general brain chemistry that led to a Tesla-grade lightbulb-moment of creation; and the Theory of Evidence Based Hotness (EBH), particularly in its application towards competitive and professional athletes, was born. Generally, EBH can be studied from a number of perspectives, including universal perceptions common to all human cultures, cultural and social aspects, and individual subjective preferences. Some physical features are attractive in both men and women, although one contrary report suggests that “absolute flawlessness” with perfect symmetry can be “disturbing”. There are also numerous factors based on gender, as to the application and evaluation of EBH.* So where is this all leading, and how can it possibly be relevant to this blog? Well, I believe the time has come to apply EBH theory on a test group of select athletes; namely Sabreurs…..OK Chit chat over, Hot Sabreur Alert:
Daryl Homer, 23. Mens Sabre, USA
Current US ranking – #1
Current World Ranking: #12
2012 Olympic Games Placing: 6th
What Sells it: The awesome skilz, the socks and the smile
On a scale of Hot to Epic, Homer is pretty damn Volcanic (and I dare you not to try and come up with a reason to touch his thighs!!)
*most of this post may have been gratuitously lifted from Wikipedia (hey, if I can’t use Wiki as a reference in an academic paper, it’s perfectly salient to filch from it now), and a little bit of flim flam. This is un-apologetically an excuse to talk about hot athletes, semi-nekkid (rated M), clothed, in action, male or female. I do not choose images that undermine the athletes’ agency, dignity or strength, and I do not present a homogeneous glom of athletes who all fit a cookie cutter mold of “hotness”.
The march in sabre has changed significantly since the introduction of the current cutoff times in 2004. Gone are the days when the attack in sabre meant that you would advance on your opponent expecting to finish with their counterattack. The athleticism and timing of A-grade sabreurs make it difficult, if not impossible, for a marching attacker to react fast enough to a well-timed blade action from the defender.
Over the last 10 years, sabreurs and referees have developed a whole new class of marching attacks. These marches focus on surprising the defender with rapid tempo and distance changes, rather than finishing with the counterattack. Here’s a video summarising the latest range of marching attacks as demonstrated in the 2014 Athens World Cup.
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