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For many area fencers, Richard F. Oles Charm City Classic offers chance to combine skill, thrill
For many area fencers, Richard F. Oles Charm City Classic offers chance to combine skill, thrill

Dressed in all-white protective gear and wearing a mask, Chris Hoffmann lunged forward. When his blade made contact with his partner, a green light flashed and a shrill bell sounded inside Catonsville's Academies of Fencing in Baltimore practice gym. Hoffmann, 45, of Baltimore, had quit fencing after graduating from Princeton while he spent three years in Africa. But after a 20-year hiatus from a sport he had been involved with since junior high school, he got back into it. And with next weekend's Richard F. Oles Charm City Classic nearing, the Johns Hopkins Hospital assistant professor of medicine makes sure to practice, even during his medical research trips to South...

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