Mention the name Imke Duplitzer in the world of Fencing and it is readily recognized. Imke is a world class fencer with a silver Olympic medal. She represented her homeland Germany at the 2004 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal in the épée fencing along with her teammates, Britta Heidemann and Claudia Bokel. Two years later in the 2006 World Fencing Championship, Imke won the bronze medal after beating Romania in the épée team event together with her team mates Claudia Bokel, Britta Heidemann and Marijana Markovic.
Imke Duplitzer was born on July 28, 1975 in Karlsruhe, Germany. She grew up in this city that has a population of around 300,000.
What is Épée
Épée is the heaviest of the three modern fencing weapons. Fencing matches with the épée require a large amount of concentration, accuracy and speed. Since the entire body is a target, a successful épée fencer must be able to anticipate their opponent’s moves and strike their opponent at the correct time.
Human Rights and Beijing Olympics (2008)
The media was interested in interviewing Imke (33) who was a veteran of five Olympics. She stands tall at 6 ft. 1 inch (1.8m) and she stands tall in other areas: human rights and being an out lesbian. Imke made it clear that she would boycott the Beijing opening ceremonies due to the Chinese actions in Tibet and Darfur. She was one of 40 athletes who signed an open letter to Chinese president Hu protesting human-rights violations in Tibet and Darfur. Duplitzer failed to medal in Beijing, though she had scored a team silver in the Athens Games. As far as human rights go – Imke has won the gold medal. (paula)
The IOC (International Olympic Committee) and Ethics
Here are the comments by Imke:
“As the IOC and other official sports organizations are not willing to support and to live up to their own principles, it is high time that we as athletes step in. We as athletes have the power to clarify: sport is much more than business! Sport has a responsibility towards society and should act as a role model for common values, including the full respect of human rights – in Russia and worldwide. We have to fight against discrimination, the destruction of natural resources for the construction of “playgrounds” for mega sports events, and inhuman working conditions.Let us stand up and defend the original Olympic values.”