Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Fencing Champion and Olympic Fencing

Sada Molly Jacobson (born February 14, 1983 in Rochester, Minnesota) is an American fencer. Her hometown is Dunwoody, GA. She is the 2008 Olympic Individual Sabre silver medalist and 2004 Olympic Individual Sabre bronze medalist. She has been training at Nellya fencers from a young age.
Jacobson is a daughter of David Jacobson, a member of the 1974 U.S. National fencing team in saber and now an endocrinologist, and Tina Jacobson, who has also fenced competitively.
She is the sister of fellow U.S. Olympic team fencer Emily Jacobson and world-class fencer Jackie Jacobson.
Jacobson swam competitively for 2 years in high school. She postponed her college career to train full-time for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
She graduated the Westminster Schools in 2000. She graduated with a history degree from Morse College, Yale University. She studied history at Yale University. She began law school at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2008.
She has been coached by Arkady Burdan of Nellya Fencers, and Henry Hartunian at Yale.
In 2004, she took a leave of absence from Yale University and qualified for the U.S. Olympic team. That year was the first in which women's individual sabre was contested at an Olympic Games.
At the Olympics, Jacobson beat Miclin Faez 15–4, in the round of 16. She beat Leonore Perrus in the quarterfinals 15–11 to advance to the semifinals. She lost to # 5 seed Tan Xue 15–12 in the semis. On August 17, she won the bronze medal by beating Catalina Gheorhitoaia 15–7. That match took place before the gold-silver match, and therefore Jacobsen became the first women's sabre Olympic medalist.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Jacobson was named the top seed.[16] She beat Mailyn Gonz├ílez, 15–11, in the round of 32. In the round of 16, she trailed Ukrainian fencer Olga Kharlan8–5, but came back to win 15–13. In the quarterfinals, she beat Elena Khomrova 15–11.
Entering the semifinals, all three American fencers were still in the tournament. In the semifinals, Jacobson again trailed 8–5 at the break, but came back with 10 out of the final 13 touches in the bout, and defeated Sofiya Velikaya 15–11, assuring Jacobson of at least the silver medal. In the final, Jacobson lost to defending gold medalist, Mariel Zagunis, 15–8, and won the silver medal. The United States swept the event, with Zagunis winning the gold, Jacobson the silver, and Rebecca Ward the bronze.
When the three medal winners finished their group hug, a gentleman in the front row, moved by the show of emotion, reached into his pocket and produce a neatly folded white handkerchief, handing it down to Jacobson. Her silver medal still hanging around her neck by a bright red ribbon, she laughed, dabbed her eyes and handed it back. The man laughed with her and dabbed his own eyes. Moments later Jacobson thought, "Maybe I should have kept it." But by then the hanky, full of her tears, was back in the pocket of former president George H.W. Bush.
In the women's sabre team event, the US was heavily favored to win the team event. Jacobson teamed up with Zagunis and Ward to defeat the South African team in the quarterfinals, 45–8. In the semifinals, they fenced the team from the Ukraine. The Ukrainians, seeded fifth, defeated the favored US team 45–39, denying them a gold medal, and placing them in the bronze medal bout against France.
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