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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Duels Olympic Fencer Bartosz Piasecki

Bartosz Piasecki-Bruce Dickinson / Photo by Andreas Tylden

Iron Maiden frontman, aircraft business owner and fencing enthusiast? Yes, it’s true. Intriguing rock vocalist Bruce Dickinson is an avid fencer and recently took the opportunity to square off against Olympic silver medalist Bartosz Piasecki ahead of the Norwegian Fencing Championship.

The 54-year-old Dickinson told Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten (excerpted by, “I had two points in a row,” but not soon after the much-taller Piasecki managed to finish off the heavy metal legend.

Piasecki said of Dickinson, “He’s kick-ass. He is short but incredibly fast. That’s his weapon. He looked like Rocky when he arrived in a brown robe with the fencing kit in a shoulder bag.” After Dickinson’s quick start, Piasecki took five points on Dickinson and the vocalist failed to score a point in the final round.

Dickinson told the newspaper, “For me, fencing is training. I gave up competing in tournaments when I was 23. At that point, I was ranked number 7 in Britain. I fence because I enjoy it and 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.”

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