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In Protest (Fencing at the London 2012 Olympics) by Sarahorsomeone In Protest (Fencing at the London 2012 Olympics) by Sarahorsomeone
Korean fencer Shin A Lam cries silently on the piste while she awaits the results of 1 hour 'sit-in' protest/appeal against a referee decision which cost her the chance to compete for a Olympic gold medal in the Women's Individual Epee.

Taken at the fencing arena in the ExCel centre during the London 2012 Olympics. I ended up with the most amazing front-row centre seats after being moved from cheaper ones into some ones that had been left empty, it was a great experience.

EDIT: I've altered the framing a little.
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peterohara Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Congrats on the DD! Great work!
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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peterohara Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Your welcome!
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BDHenderson Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
Captures the mood so very well.
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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LaughButts Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;~; Poor girl. Excuse me for asking, but I am not too intuned with the Olympics. Was it an unfair decision to not get her that metal, or was she crying because she actually did something wrong? 
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it was all a bit complicated.

In fencing, if they draw after the three three minute rounds are finished, a fourth 'sudden death' type round of one minute is used (generally called a 'priority minute'). One of the two fencers is randomly given 'priority'. If either fencer makes a hit during that time, they will win. However, if nobody makes a hit, the fencer with priority wins. In epee, during the priority minute, if both fencers hit each other at the same time, it doesn't count.

As far as I remember, in this case, it went to the priority minute and Shin A Lam (the fencer in the photograph) was given priority. It got to the last second of the priority minute and Shin A Lam and her opponent (Britta Heidemann) kept hitting each other at the same time repeatedly. They were hitting each other so quickly after the referee called "allez" (effectively saying they could go) that the time-keeper wasn't ever managing to start the clock. So effectively it just kept on one second for several hits before eventually Britta Heidemann managed to score and win. On the one hand, Britta Heidemann managed to score a hit when Shin A Lam didn't, on the other hand, the priority 'minute' ended up lasting more than a minute and so you could argue that (having priority) Shin A Lam should have won.
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ASeriousMatter Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Beautiful shot. Thank you for the description; it really adds a level of depth to the image I might not have otherwise discovered.
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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stan5757 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I think you did a great job with this photo and the title with it really brings it home to your emotions, At least with mine, It says a lot without shouting a word.
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