Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann

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Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann
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Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann
Personal information
Birth nameLydia Hatuel
Born (1963-08-15) August 15, 1963 (age 55)
Casablanca, Morocco
Height5-6 (168 cm)[1]
Weight121 lb (55 kg)[1]
Country Israel
Achievements and titles
Olympic finalsLos Angeles 1984 - 26th
Barcelona 1992 - 23rd
Atlanta 1996 - 13th
Highest world ranking16th 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 individual foil event at the 1984, 1992, and 1996 Olympiads. Her fencing career started at the age of 8, she maintained an international ranking until 2004,[2][3] and she still competed at the national level in 2012.[4]

Early and personal life[edit]

The Hatuel family (including nine children) made aliyah to Israel from Morocco in 1963. They were housed in a transit camp in east Acre, Israel, from which they moved to a housing project.[5] Lydia recalled: "In Morocco a Jew had to be physically strong to survive the street fights against the Arab gangs that would harass Jews. My father was a very strong person and he wanted his children to be the same. Father was a professional boxer and a cyclist, and he's the origin of the family's whole sports tradition. All the boys became athletes back in Morocco and engaged in boxing, gymnastics and acrobatics - together with music." She continued: "As a youth, my father was very much influenced by the Moroccan legend about the 'king of fencing,' and his wish was that the family become fencers. In the end we were all drawn to fencing. Haim started when he was 16, in Morocco, and after his military service.... Three members of the family reached the Olympics [Lydia, Haim and Yitzhak], we won Israeli championships and medals in European and world tournaments. Now a whole generation of fencers is growing up in the family, who are competing for all the titles."[5]

She has a master's degree in physical education, and works in special education.[5]

Fencing career[edit]

Israeli champion[edit]

Hatuel-Czuckermann first won the Israeli national title in 1979, when she was 16. She eventually won the title more than 20 times, including 16 consecutive years, and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.[5][6]


She missed her first chance at the Olympics at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games because of the international 1980 Summer Olympics boycott.

At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, at the age of 20, she won all six of her bouts in the first round (defeating Sheila Viard of Haiti, Silvana Giancola of Argentina, Mieko Miyahara of Japan, Margherita Zalaffi of Italy, Fiona McIntosh of Great Britain, and Veronique Brouquier of France), but was eliminated in the quarterfinals in which she went 1-3 (defeating O Seung-Sun of South Korea).[1] She finished in 26th place.[6]

She did not compete in the 1988 Seoul Olympics because the fencing competition fell on Yom Kippur.

At the 1992 Barcelona Games she went 3-2 in Round 1 (defeating Renée Aubin of Canada, Annette Dobmeier of Germany, and Ildikó Mincza-Nébald of Hungary), then won a barrage match against Yelena Glikina of Germany but lost in the final pool.[1] She finished in 23rd place.

Atlanta 1996: Israeli Olympic Delegation flag holder

At the 1996 Atlanta Games, she was Israel's flag bearer.[7] She was seeded number 12, had a bye in Round One, won her first match in Round Two over Felicia Zimmerman of the USA, but lost 15-13 in Round Three to two-time team silver medalist number 5 seed Monika Weber-Koszto of Germany. 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; with her defeating Zimmerman and Suzanne Paxton).[1] They finished in 9th place.[6]

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.[8]

Olympic Games[edit]

1980 Moscow, Russia, didn't participate because of the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott

1984 Los Angeles, USA, 26th

1988 Seoul, Korea, didn't participate because of the Day of Atonement

1992 Barcelona, Spain, 23rd

1996 Atlanta, USA, 13th - Flag bearer

World Championships[edit]

1982 Rome, Italy, 52nd

1983 Vienna, Austria, 26th

1986 Sofia, Bulgaria, 22nd

1987 Lousanne, Switzerland, 20th

1989 Denver, USA, 18th

1990 Lyon, France, 16th

1991 Budapest, Hungary, 8th - highest rank

1994 Athens, Greece, 15th

1995 The Hague, the Netherlands, 38th

1999 Seoul, Korea, 73rd.[9]

2001 Nîmes, France, 14th .[10]

2002 Lisbon, Portugal, 43rd

European Championships[edit]

She reached the semi-finals at the European Championships in 2002.[6]

Maccabiah Games[edit]

She won the bronze medal in the individual foil competition at the 2001 Maccabiah Games.[6]

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.[11] From 2010 to 2012 she served as Chairman of the Israeli Fencing Association.[12][13] In 2012, she was Director of Sports Activities for Acre.[14][15]


In 2012, she was among the organizers of the Gilad Shalit Cycling for Peace ride.[16]


She published an article in the field of ADHD - "Hyperactivity\Impulsivity Amelioration Effects of a Fencing Training Program on Children Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder", at DISCOBOLUL; Physical Education, Sport and Kinetotherapy Journal (October-December 2016).[17]


Hatuel-Czuckermann has been married to Robert Czuckermann since 1989 and the two have four children together, sons Idan[18], Matan[19], and Niran[20], and daughter Lihi. With the exception of Lihi, all of her children are competitive fencers with the Fédération Internationale d'Escrime.[21][22] Other notable members of her family include her brother, Yitzhak Hatuel, and her niece, Delila Hatuel, both of whom are fencers.[23][24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Lydia Czuckermann-Hatuel Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at
  2. ^ - International Fencing Federation
  3. ^ "Lydia Hatuel-Czuckermann Olympic Results".
  4. ^ First time in Israel: Mother and soon on the same competition
  5. ^ a b c d Fenced in - Haaretz - Israel News |
  6. ^ a b c d e "Hatoel-Zuckerman, Lydia". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-29. Retrieved 2007-02-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "-". Archived from the original on 2008-08-07.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)1999 World Championships
  10. ^ "x" (PDF).
  11. ^ "About".
  12. ^ "איגוד הסיוף בישראל Israel Fencing Association".
  13. ^ Israeli wins fencing championship in Moscow - The Canadian Jewish News
  14. ^ 'We all love him' | The Jewish Standard
  15. ^ Football for Peace: Teaching and Playing Sport for Conflict Resolution in ... - Google Books
  16. ^ "Gilad Shalit joins Arab and Jewish cyclists for peace".
  17. ^ "x" (PDF).
  18. ^ "Fencer - CZUCKERMANN Idan - ISRAEL - FIE - International Fencing Federation". Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  19. ^ "Fencer - CZUCKERMANN Matan - ISRAEL - FIE - International Fencing Federation". Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  20. ^ "Fencer - CZUCKERMANN Niran - ISRAEL - FIE - International Fencing Federation". Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  21. ^ "CZUCKERMAN Matan - Biography". European Fencing Confederation.
  22. ^ "CZUCKERMANN Idan - Biography". European Fencing Confederation.
  23. ^ Talshir, Uri (September 21, 2011). "Fencing / Living by the sword". Haaretz. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  24. ^ "Double-edged foil". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  25. ^ Marnie Winston-Macauley (2007). Yiddishe Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-6376-8. Retrieved December 20, 2010.
  26. ^ 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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