Illustration by Ed Supovitz
Sada Jacobson

Jewish Heroes and

Heroines of America

from World War II to the Present:


Sada Jacobson: Fencing Champion
by Seymour “Sy” Brody

When Sada Jacobson was 20, she achieved what no other American woman had done in fencing. She won two world competitions in 2003. She was ranked number 1 in the United States and number 1 in the world in women’s saber fencing. She was the first U.S. fencer, male or female, to hold this ranking for almost an entire year.

In the 2004 Olympic Games, Sada won the Bronze Medal in the women’s saber fencing event.

When she attended Yale, Sada was twice the NCCA Women’s saber fencing champion, 2001 and 2002.

Sada was four times a member of the Senior World Championship team, 2000-2003. She won the saber fencing event gold medal in the 2003 Titan Games.

In 2002, Sada received the prestigious Marty Glickman Award. In 2003, she was inducted in the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding Jewish athletes.

Sada Jacobson was born on February 14, 1983. She is the daughter of Tina and David Jacobson, who is an endocrinologist. Sada has two sisters, Emily and Jackie. The three sisters graduated from the Greenfield Jewish Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, and they were all Bat Mitzvah at Temple Emanuel.

David Jacobson was a member of the 1974 U.S. men’s saber team. He was coaxed back into fencing by his Yale coach, who was in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic Games. He began training three times a week and his wife and youngest daughter, Jackie, were there to watch him.

It wasn’t long before Sada and her sister, Emily, realized that they were left alone. They decided to join their mother as spectators. They soon became interested in fencing.

Fencing had taken over the family. Sada and Emily were soon practicing together and were often compared to the tennis champion sisters, Serena and Venus Williams.

Sada Jacobson graduated Yale University and Emily Jacobson graduated Columbia University. Sada Jacobson will always be an inspiration and role model for all Jewish women, who are interested in fencing.


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