There are three forms of Olympic fencing:
Épée— a heavy thrusting weapon; the valid target area covers the entire body; double touches are allowed.
Sabre — a light cutting and thrusting weapon; the valid target area includes almost everything above the waist (excluding the back of the head and the hands); double touches are not allowed
The current President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach is a Fencing Gold medallist from the Montreal Olympic Games.
Siobhan Byrne was the most recent fencer to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games, competing in Beijing in the Sabre event.