Emily Jacobson

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Emily Jacobson
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Born (1985-12-02) December 2, 1985 (age 33)
Decatur, Georgia, United States

Emily Phillipa Jacobson (born December 2, 1985, in Dunwoody, Georgia) is an American Olympic saber fencer. She won a bronze medal in the 2003 Pan American Games, and was 2004 Junior World Champion in women's saber.


Jacobson was born in Decatur, Georgia, and is Jewish.[1] She is a daughter of David Jacobson, an endocrinologist who was a member of the 1974 U.S. National fencing team in saber and also a former Yale fencer, and Tina Jacobson, who has also fenced competitively.[2][3] She is the younger sister of fellow U.S. Olympic team fencer Sada Jacobson, born in February 1983.[2] She also has a younger sister, Jackie, who was born February 26, 1989, who is also a world-class fencer.

Jacobson graduated from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2004.[4][3] She attended Columbia University, where she was a psychology major, and graduated in 2008.[3][5] She graduated from Georgia State University College of Law and the Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business with a JD/MBA, in 2014.[6][7][8]

Fencing career[edit]

World Championships, World Cups, Pan Am Games, and US & World Rankings[edit]

Jacobson finished 7th in saber at the 2001 World Championships.[9] She won a team gold medal in sabre at the 2001 World Junior Team Championships. She won a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.[9] She won a bronze medal at a World Cup in Havana, Cuba, in June 2003, and a silver medal at a World Cup in Budapest, Hungary, in March 2004.[10]

At the 2004 Junior World Championships, she won gold medals in both the team and individual events.[9] That year, she was ranked No. 3 among female junior and senior U.S. saber fencers.[9]

In 2005 she took 5th in the Junior World Championships.[11]

In 2010, she won the National Championship in Women’s Sabre at the US Fencing National Championships.[12]


She competed for the U.S. at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She reached the Round of 16, losing to Leonore Perrus of France, 15-13.[13]

College career[edit]

After high school, she ranked second nationally, and 11th in the world. At Columbia University, fencing for the Columbia Lions fencing team Jacobson she was named first team All-American all four years that she competed.[14][15]

Jacobson was the 2005 NCAA Champion.[16] She won the women’s sabre title at the 2005 North American Cup, and secured the silver medal in sabre at the IFA Championships.[14] In 2004–05 she was 27–3 overall and ranked 3rd in the nation, and 8th in the world, in sabre that year.[14]

In 2006, she finished second in sabre at the NCAA Championships, and placed 8th at the North American Cup.[3] In 2007 and 2008 she was third in the NCAA Championships.[3] She was 31–2 during the 2005–06 season.[14] For her career, she had a record of 131-16, with a .891 winning percentage.[15]


Jacobson, who is Jewish, received the 2002 Jules D. Mazor Award as the Jewish High School Athlete of the year from the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[9] In 2014, she was inducted into Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame.[15] and in 2016 she was inducted into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame.[15]


Her image was included in a 5766 calendar, "Jewish + Female = Athlete: Portraits of Strength from around the World", featuring Jewish women in sport, produced by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
  2. ^ a b Jacobson, Emily and Sada – Museum Of American Fencing
  3. ^ a b c d e "Emily Jacobson" - Columbia University Lions
  4. ^ "Inside The Life: Gabby Douglas Interviewed By Tim Morehouse"
  5. ^ "Columbia Athletics Celebrates 25 Years of Women's Sports" - Columbia University Lions
  6. ^ "Emily Jacobson (J.D./M.B.A. '14) - College of Law"
  7. ^ "En Garde: Olympian Incorporates Fencing Skills in Study of Law" - College of Law
  8. ^ "Alumni US" | Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business
  9. ^ a b c d e "Emily Jacobson". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Women's Saber: Emily Jacobson". fencingmedia.org. Archived from the original on June 7, 2007. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  11. ^ Emily Jacobson
  12. ^ "Emily Jacobson, Seth Kelsey win National Championships"
  13. ^ "Emily Jacobson Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  14. ^ a b c d "Emily Jacobson". Nellya's Olympic Fencers. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  15. ^ a b c d Emily Jacobson '08CC Selected to USA Fencing Hall of Fame - Columbia University Lions
  16. ^ Ralph Hickok (April 1, 2010). "NCAA Fencing Champions". HickokSports.com. Archived from the original on February 23, 2002. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
  17. ^ Asinof, Richard (September 29, 2005). "History of Jewish female athletes celebrated in brand-new calendar". The Jewish Ledger. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2015.

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