Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann

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Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann
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Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann
Personal information
Birth name Lydia Hatuel
Nationality Israeli
Born (1963-08-15) August 15, 1963 (age 51)
Casablanca, Morocco
Residence Israel
Sport Fencing
Event(s) Foil
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals Los Angeles 1984 - 26th, Barcelona 1992 - 23th, Atlanta 1996 - 13th
Highest world ranking 16th in the world between 1996 to 1997, reached the top 8

Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann (born August 15, 1963, in Casablanca, Morocco) is an Israeli fencer. One of Israel's top female fencers, she competed in the foil event at the 1984, 1992, and 1996 Olympiads. Her long career started in childhood at the age of 8, and she maintained an international level till 2004.[1][2]


She is the sister of Israeli Olympic fencer Yitzhak Hatuel (who competed in foil for Israel in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games), and aunt of Israeli Olympic fencer Delila Hatuel and Israeli fencer Maor Hatuel.[3][4]
She has four children:
Idan Czuckermann - Israeli National Fencing Champion [5]
Matan Czuckermann - Israeli National Fencing Champion [6]
Niran Czuckermann
Leehe (Chen Veronique) Czuckermann

Fencing career[edit]

Israeli champion[edit]

In 1979, at the age of 16, Lydia became Israel's women's fencing champion, a title she would hold for more than 20 times. The Guinness Book of World Records listed her after she had won the title 13 straight times.


Atlanta 1996 Israeli Olympic DelegationFlag holder - Lydia Hatuel Czuckermann

Her first Olympic participation at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games she missed because of the International boycott. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, she swept through the 1st round, winning all 6 of her bouts. In the 2nd round, however, she was eliminated from the competition. She finished in 26th place. She did not compete in the 1988 Seoul Olympics because the fencing competition fell on Yom Kippur. At the 1992 Barcelona Games she finished in 23th place. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, at which she was seeded # 12, she won her first match over Felicia Zimmerman of the U.S., but then lost in the round-of-16 to No. 5 seed Monika Weber-Koszto, 15-13. She finished in 13th place. In the Atlanta Games, she also competed in the team foil event. The Israelis, who were seeded No. 9, lost to China in the 1st round (29–45), but defeated the United States (45–39) to finish in 9th place. The other members of the team were Ayelet Ohayon and Lilach Parisky.

World Championships and World Cup[edit]

Lydia Hatuel Czuckermann - Olympic Fencer

In 1991, she finished 8th in the World Championships, and a few years later finished 8th in the 1996 World Cup.Going into the '96 Olympics she was ranked 11th in the world in women's foil.[7] She also finished 73rd in the foil at the 1999 World Championships.[8]

European Championships[edit]

In 2002, the 39-year-old surprised the fencing world by reaching the semifinals of the European Championships, only one-and-a-half months after giving birth to her 3rd child.

Maccabiah Games[edit]

At the 2001 Maccabiah Games, she won the bronze medal in the individual foil competition.

Public Activity[edit]


In 1996 right after the Atlanta O.G. she was among the founders of Israeli Olympic Athletes Committee and sustained her membership until 2009. In 2010 she overthrown the active Israeli Fencing Association [9] Chairman and hold the position until 2012. Between 2004 to 2009 she was member of the Olympic Committee of Israel. [10]


In 2004 she joined the candidate for Acre, Israel Mayorship and helped him win the elections.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ - International Fencing Federation
  2. ^ "Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann Olympic Results". 
  3. ^ Talshir, Uri (September 21, 2011). "Fencing / Living by the sword". Haaretz. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Double-edged foil". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "CZUCKERMANN Idan - Biography". European Fencing Confederation. 
  6. ^ "CZUCKERMAN Matan - Biography". European Fencing Confederation. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "-". 
  9. ^ "איגוד הסיוף בישראל Israel Fencing Association". 
  10. ^ "About". 

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