Sada Jacobson '06, Team USA Win Bronze at Olympics

Aug. 14, 2008

BEIJING, China - Sada Jacobson '06 added to her medal count in the Beijing Olympics with a bronze medal in the women's fencing team sabre competition Thursday. Although the top-seeded United States swept the three individual medals on Saturday, they had to settle for bronze after a disappointing loss to Ukraine in the semifinals.

In team fencing, three fencers for each team rotate over nine rounds. Jacobson, the individual silver medal winner, was joined by individual gold medal winner Mariel Zagunis and individual bronze medal winner Becca Ward on the U.S. team.

In the quarterfinals, the United States defeated South Africa 45 to 8. Despite Jacobson outscoring her opponents 16-11 in the semifinals, her teammates struggled and Ukraine defeated the United States 45-39 in the semifinals. The United States bounced back in the bronze medal match to defeat France 45-38.

Jacobson will add the bronze medal to the silver medal she won in the individual sabre earlier in Beijing and the bronze medal she won in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. A native of Dunwoody, Ga., Jacobson entered Yale in the fall of 2000 as a member of the Class of 2004 and already had a list of impressive accomplishments. She was a member of the 1999 U.S. team at the first Women's Sabre Cadet/Junior World Championship in Dijon, France. Her individual wins in the NCAA sabre championship in 2001 and 2002 helped Yale finish ninth and sixth, respectively, in the country those years. Yale also won the Ivy League Championship in 2001-02. Jacobson then took a leave from Yale to prepare for the 2004 Olympics.

Jacobson claimed her first senior World Cup at the New York City Grand Prix in June of 2003, becoming the first American woman to achieve the world's top ranking. She then won the next World Cup event in Cuba. At the 2004 Olympics she defeated her first two opponents before falling to Tan Xue of China 15-12 in the second of two semifinals. She won the bronze medal by defeating Catalina Gheorhitoaia of Romania, 15-7.

Jacobson returned to Yale to complete her degree after the Olympics. Jacobson's younger sisters, Emily and Jackie, are both fencers as well. Her father, David `74, was a fencer at Yale. Despite not having any fencing experience prior to coming to New Haven, David Jacobson became the school's first All-American under the tutelage of head coach Henry Harutunian. Jacobson captained the 1974 Yale team and earned a bronze medal at the 1974 U.S. National Championships.

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity