Little Camber, however, preferred to follow the footsteps of her brother, who with much less enthusiasm was dragged to fencing training.
Fencing was her passion but not her only goal. During high school years, Irene Camber studied piano and graduated from the conservatory; after high school, she enrolled in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Padua. Obviously, she graduated, the first woman in the history of the university.
We are in the post-war period and the organization of the games was quite rudimentary, so exemplified by how Irene Camber remembered a lunch on a competition day:
When lunchtime arrived, I asked the cafeteria for a steak, they didn't give it to me because they were counted and the only one left was reserved for I don't know who. I ate an egg and an apple.
After the first assaults, Camber hit Elek-Schacherer twice, defeating her. That day she took home a gold medal, the first of our female fencing.
Ilona immediately took off her mask, even before the judges' verdict, and congratulated me. From there, our friendship was born. Irene Camber
In 1953, Camber won the individual world fencing title in Brussels, becoming one of the 10 Italian athletes that had ever won gold at both the Olympics and the World Championships.
Irene Camber laid her foil down definitively in 1964, 30 years after having wielded it for the first time.
Today, at 93, Irene Camber lives in Brianza with her family of 3 children and 8 grandchildren and continues to inspire generations of young fencers throughout Italy.
A sport full of romantic values
It is therefore not surprising that this process requires years of training, which is why fencing is a sport practiced from an early age, as in the case of Irene Camber.
3 exercises to improve your fencing skills
Horizontal Leg press
Grasp the support handles, tighten the abdomen and push the platform away with your heel and forefoot. Heels should remain flat on the platform. During exhalation, stretch your legs and keep your head and back flat against the seat cushion. Extend with slow control rather than explosive movement.
High Cable Crosses
Step forward in front of an imaginary straight line between the two pulleys as you pull your arms together in front of you. Your torso should be tilted slightly forward, keeping your back straight.
Return the arms to their original position by exhaling. Be sure to use the same arc of motion used to lower the weights. Hold the position for one second. Repeat the exercise as many times as recommended.