Sada Jacobson is Olympic Fencer

July 28, 2008

Meet Sada Jacobson, U.S. Olympic Fencer. She is currently ranked number one in the world and will be competing in the Beijing Games. Read her biography, see photos and a video of her below.

Sada Jacobson is leading the American Women’s Fencing team to the Beijing Olympics. Jacobson is ranked number one in the world and brought home the bronze medal in saber events in Athens. Since taking the gold and bronze medals at the Athens Olympic Games, there is great hope that the U.S. team will bring home the gold from Beijing. This year’s games will be the first time that team fencing will be part of the games.

Update (8.9.2008): Sada Jacobson won the silver medal in the first U.S. sweep of the saber fencing competition. Three American flags were raised as the three medalists stood on the medal stands. Marial Zagunis took the gold medal, Sada took the silver and Becca Ward took the bronze.

Sada Molly Jacobson was born on February 14, 1983 in Rochester, Minnesota, but her hometown is Atlanta, Georgia and she currently lives in Atlanta. She is 25 years old. She is 5′ 7″ tall and 130 pounds. She is the daughter of David and Tina Jacobson. Her father was a member of the 1974 U.S. Men’s Saber National Team. Her mother has also fenced competitively. Her father is now an endocrinologist. Her younger sisters, Emily and Jackie, also fence. Emily and Sada were teammates in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Sada won the bronze medal in the women’s individual saber competition in Athens.

Sada has said she started fencing because everyone in her family participated in the sport. She also said she wanted to keep her legs in shape for hiking, however, she kept coming back to fencing.

Sada graduated from The Westminster School in 2000 where she was a member of the varsity swimming team. In 2006, she graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s degree in history. While she was at Yale, she was a member of the Yale Varsity Fencing Team and won two NCAA Championship titles in women’s saber.

She was presented with the Marty Glickman Award by the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. In June 2003 she won two World Cup competitions in a row making her the first U.S. woman and second U. S. fencer to ever rank as number one in the world.

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