After an hour of the strenuous anticipation of waiting for the event to start, the fencing was about to start. The gymnasium was filled with people, all in silence due to suspense. I was called to the strip. I hooked up to the score box and began to fence. Before I knew it, the bout was over. I had lost. Several minutes later I was called up again to fence my second bout. When it was over the cheers of the crowd pierced through me as I lost once again. Three more bouts followed and I had lost all but one. My confidence was falling rapidly.
In despair, I told my parents that they should probably start packing up. One of the directors walked up to the bulletin ...
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