Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Fences Against Olympic Medalist
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No one can ever accuse Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson of not pursuing his passions outside of rock music. In addition to being a pilot and brewer, Dickinson has also shown a love of fencing throughout his life. He recently participated in a warm-up session against Bartosz Piasecki, who won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The sparring match took place prior to the Norwegian fencing championships. Dickinson got off to a quick start, winning two points in a row, despite being nearly a foot shorter than his 6’5″ opponent. However, Piasecki eventually took control, shutting him out in the final round. Still, the medalist was impressed with the rocker.
“He’s kick-ass,” Piasecki told Norwegian paper Aftenposten (via Maiden Revelations). “He is short but incredibly fast, that’s his weapon. He looked like Rocky when he arrived in a brown robe with his fencing kit in a shoulder bag.”
Dickinson began fencing as a schoolboy, but, as he said, “gave up competing in tournaments when I was 23. At that point I was ranked No. 7 in Britain.” Still, he occasionally finds time to fence, finding that it helps him with his day job, adding, “the by-product is that I end up getting in reasonably good shape. Actually fencing is very similar to the way I run around on stage. Or maybe I run around on stage like that because I fence. Either way it works for me.”