Sada Jacobson

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Sada Jacobson
Born (1983-02-14) February 14, 1983 (age 32)
Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Weapon(s) sabre
Hand left-handed
Height 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Retired 2008
FIE Ranking rankings (archive)

Sada Molly Jacobson[1] (born February 14, 1983 in Rochester, Minnesota) is an American fencer. Her hometown is Dunwoody, GA. She is the 2008 Olympic Individual Sabre silver medalist and 2004 Olympic Individual Sabre bronze medalist. She has been training at Nellya fencers from a young age.


Jacobson is a daughter of David Jacobson, a member of the 1974 U.S. National fencing team in saber and now an endocrinologist, and Tina Jacobson, who has also fenced competitively.[2][3]

She is the sister of fellow U.S. Olympic team fencer Emily Jacobson and world-class fencer Jackie Jacobson.[4]

Jacobson swam competitively for 2 years in high school.[5] She postponed her college career to train full-time for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

She graduated the Westminster Schools in 2000. She graduated with a history degree from Morse College, Yale University. She studied history at Yale University.[6] She began law school at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2008.[7][8]

She has been coached by Arkady Burdan of Nellya Fencers, and Henry Hartunian at Yale.

Fencing career[edit]

College & Under-19 career[edit]

Jacobson was a 2-time NCAA sabre champion for Yale University (2001 and 2002).[9] She won an NCAA Championship and earned 1st-team All-America honors as a freshman at Yale, after a 30–0 regular season. Jacobson was 29–1 as a sophomore, and repeated as NCAA champion. In addition, she was the 2001 Under-19 National Champion.

Senior World Championships[edit]

Jacobson is a 4-time Senior World Championships team member (2000–03). She was a member of the gold-medal 2000 Women's Sabre World Championship team at the age of 17. She won another bronze medal at the 2006 World Fencing Championships sabre competition.

In her first individual World Championships in 2001, Jacobson placed 12th. She placed 5th in 2002 and 2003.

Pan American Games[edit]

Jacobson won the gold medal in sabre at the 2003 Pan American Games.[10]

National Championships[edit]

Jacobson won the US women's sabre championship in 2004 and 2006.[11]

She was ranked # 1 in the US from June 2003 through October 2005.[citation needed]

Number 1 World Ranking[edit]

In 2004 she became the first U.S. woman to be ranked No. 1 in the world in sabre, and only the second U.S. athlete to claim the title, after male fencer Keeth Smart.[5][12][13]

Olympic Medals[edit]

Jacobson won the bronze medal in women's sabre at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the first year that event was hosted at the Olympics.[14] Her match took place before the gold-silver match, and therefore Jacobsen became the first women's sabre Olympic medalist.[15][16] She won the silver medal in individual sabre[14] and bronze in the team sabre event at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[17]

Post-fencing career[edit]

Jacobson indicated that she intended to retire from competitive fencing after the 2008 Olympic competitions concluded, and focus on law school, and starting life with her fiance.[18] She began her studies at the University of Michigan Law School in 2008.[8] She and Brendan Brunelle Bâby, who graduated from Pennsylvania State University where he competed in épée and was a member of three NCAA championship teams, were married in May 2009 in Atlanta at the Nellya Fencers Club, where she had trained for both the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.[2]


  • Jacobson, who is Jewish, received the Marty Glickman Award for the Outstanding Jewish Scholastic Athlete of the Year in both 2002 and 2005.[19]
  • She was named Academic All-Ivy League for the spring of 2002.
  • In 2003 Jacobson was named the U.S. Fencer of the Year.
  • In 2003, she was inducted in the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding Jewish athletes.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sada Jacobson, Brendan Bâby". The New York Times. May 17, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Sada Jacobson, Brendan Bâby". The New York Times. May 17, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ Judy Fortin (December 15, 2008). "Olympic fencer inspires new generation". CNN. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sada Jacobson | Athletes | US Fencing". Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Fencer Jacobson '06 takes silver in Beijing". Yale Daily News. August 10, 2008. Archived from the original on August 22, 2008. Retrieved August 22, 2008. 
  7. ^ Sheinin, Dave (August 10, 2008). "In Fencing, U.S. Women Pull Off Historic Sweep". Washington Post. Retrieved August 22, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b Slater, Dan (August 11, 2008). "Upon Returning from Beijing, Fencing Champ Will Be Law School Bound". WSJ. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  9. ^][
  10. ^ Ralph Hickok (February 18, 2009). "Pan American Games Fencing Medalists". Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ Ralph Hickok (February 18, 2009). "U. S. Fencing Champions". Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ [2][dead link]
  13. ^
  14. ^ a b "Sada Jacobson". Nellya's Olympic Fencers. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Ivy Women in Sports". Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Athens 2004 Olympics, Fencing – Fencing Results". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Former Olympic fencer Sada Jacobson transitions to life as a Michigan law student". May 12, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Fencing: The new baseball? – TODAY in Beijing". MSNBC. August 13, 2008. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". March 24, 2002. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Jewish Heroes in America". Retrieved March 27, 2010. 

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