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Sada Jacobson

b. February 14, 1983

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Sada Jacobson until we are able to commission a full entry.

Sada Jacobson

Sada Jacobson won the bronze medal for sabre fencing at the 2004 Olympics (the first Olympics where women were allowed to compete in sabre), then did one better in 2008, bringing home both a silver and another bronze medal. While women began fencing at the 1924 Olympics, they were restricted to foil, the lightest weapon, and few women even trained for epee or sabre. But Jacobson, the daughter of two competitive fencers, began competing in high school and at Yale, winning multiple NCAA championships. Between 2000–2005 she won one bronze, two silver, and two gold medals for sabre at the World Championships, and a gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games. By the 2004 Olympics, she was the highest-rated woman fencer in the world. Jacobson retired in 2008, married in 2009, and earned her law degree from the University of Michigan in 2011. As of 2015, she practices commercial litigation for McKenna, Long, & Aldridge.

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