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 53)
Casablanca, Morocco
Residence Israel
Sport Fencing
Event(s) Foil
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals Los Angeles 1984 - 26th
Barcelona 1992 - 23rd
Atlanta 1996 - 13th
Highest world ranking 16th in the world in 1996 and 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 fencing career started at the age of 8, and she maintained an international ranking until 2004,[1][2] and she still competed at the national level in 2012.[3]

Fencing career[edit]

Israeli champion[edit]

Hatuel-Czuckermann first won the Israeli national title in 1979, when she was sixteen. She eventually won the title more than 20 times, and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.[4]


Atlanta 1996: Israeli Olympic Delegation flag holder

She missed her first chance at the Olympics at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games because of the international boycott. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, she won all six of her bouts in the first round, but was eliminated in the second round. She finished in 26th place.[4] 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 23rd place. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, in which she was seeded number 12, she won her first match over Felicia Zimmerman of the USA, but lost 15-13 to number 5 seed Monika Weber-Koszto. She finished in 13th place. She also competed in the team foil event, along with Ayelet Ohayon, Lilach Parisky, and Ira Slivotsky. The Israelis, who were seeded number 9, lost to China in the first round (29–45), but defeated the United States (45–39). They finished in 9th place.[4]

World Championships and World Cup[edit]

Lydia Hatuel Czuckermann - Olympic Fencer

In 1991, she finished 8th in the World Championships and in 1996 she was ranked 8th in World Cup .[5] She finished 73rd in the foil at the 1999 World Championships.[6]

European Championships[edit]

She reached the semi-finals at the European Championships in 2002.[4]

Maccabiah Games[edit]

She won the bronze medal in the individual foil competition at the 2001 Maccabiah Games.[4]

Public activity[edit]


In 1996, right after the Atlanta Olympics, she was among the founders of the Israeli Olympic Athletes Committee, and retained her membership until 2009.

Between 2004 and 2009 she was a member of the Olympic Committee of Israel.[7] and from 2010 to 2012 she served as Chairman of the Israeli Fencing Association.[8]


In 2004 she joined the campaign for the Acre, Israel mayorship and helped him[who?] win the election.

In 2012 she was among the organizers of the Gilad Shalit Cycling for Peace ride.[9]


She is the sister of Israeli Olympic fencer Yitzhak Hatuel (who competed for Israel in the foil at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games), and aunt of Israeli Olympic fencer Delila Hatuel and Israeli fencer Maor Hatuel.[10][11]

In 1989 she married Robert Czuckermann and they have four children: Idan Czuckermann (Israeli National Fencing Champion[12]), Matan Czuckermann (Israeli National Fencing Champion[13]), Niran Czuckermann, and Leehe (Chen Veronique) Czuckermann.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ - International Fencing Federation
  2. ^ "Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann Olympic Results". 
  3. ^ First time in Israel: Mother and soon on the same competition
  4. ^ a b c d e "Hatoel-Zuckerman, Lydia". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "-". 1999 World Championships
  7. ^ "About". 
  8. ^ "איגוד הסיוף בישראל Israel Fencing Association". 
  9. ^ "Gilad Shalit joins Arab and Jewish cyclists for peace". 
  10. ^ Talshir, Uri (September 21, 2011). "Fencing / Living by the sword". Haaretz. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Double-edged foil". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ "CZUCKERMANN Idan - Biography". European Fencing Confederation. 
  13. ^ "CZUCKERMAN Matan - Biography". European Fencing Confederation. 
  14. ^ Marnie Winston-Macauley (2007). Yiddishe Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-6376-8. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 
  15. ^ John Sugden, James Wallis (2007). Football for Peace?: The Challenges of Using Sport for Co-Existence in Israel. Meyer & Meyer Verlag. ISBN 1-84126-181-5. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 

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