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Sada Jacobson

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University of Michigan

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University of Michigan

1150 W. Medical Center Drive

Ann Arbor, Michigan,48109

United States

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Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan (U-M) is widely recognized as one of the world's leading research universities. The hallmark of the University is the breadth of excellence across its 19 schools and colleges and the exceptional degree of interdiscip...more

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United States Fencing Association


Yale University


Arkady Burdan Foundation

Board Member

Alliance Fencing Academy

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Morse College

history degree


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Sada Jacobson '06 had one more thing to do before starting law school at the University of Michigan this fall: compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Jacobson, a fencer who was a two-time NCAA champion in women's saber while at Yale, won a bronze medal in the Athens games in 2004. (We profiled her in the magazine that summer.) This time, Jacobson won the silver medal in the individual saber event, going down in the finals to her U.S. teammate Mariel Zagunis. Jacobson found herself in tears ("sobbing hysterically," as she put it) after the individual meet and before she joined her teammates for the medal ceremony. "It was a very kind gesture," Jacobson told the Hartford Courant.

Sada Jacobson is a fencer.
She won a bronze in 2004 and a silver in 2008 in the Individual Sabre event as well as a bronze in Beijing for team sabre. She went to Yale for her undergrad and started law school at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2008. That's what Wikipedia says. However, the Above The Law article refers to a 1L and if Jacobson started in 2008, she is likely to be considered a rising 3L. However, this isn't that much of a concern and so she's the number one suspect.

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Sada Jacobson may be a world champion fencer with three Olympic medals, but dressed in a T-shirt and sweats, she looked like any other student getting a lesson at the gym.
She grabbed her saber, pulled down her mask and started sparing with her long-time coach, Arkady Burdan, at the Nellya Fencers facility in Atlanta, Georgia. "I've been doing this for 10 years," remarked Jacobson, 25, a first-year law student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "I never anticipated that this is where my life would take me, and it has been an amazing trip." This year alone, that trip has taken her to competitions around the world from Algiers, Algeria, to Havana, Cuba, and eventually to Beijing, China, where she claimed two Olympic medals. About a dozen young fencers gathered around her during a break from their own lessons to take a close look at Jacobson's silver and bronze medallions. She passed around another bronze medal that she earned at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Jacobson isn't one to brag, but she's happy to serve as a role model for the next generation of competitive fencers. She said all it takes to be a champion is "a little hard work, a little luck and some guidance." Jacobson was inspired to pursue fencing by her own father. Sada Jacobson played down her abilities. "The beauty of this sport is that anyone can do it," she said. "It's such a mental game that you can use any kind of physical attribute to your advantage." There are three types of fencing: epee, foil and sabre. Jacobson specializes in sabre. "Sabre is analogous to a sprint," she explained. "It's very fast, very powerful. It's over very quickly, and you have to put a ton of energy into changing your momentum." While preparing for the Olympics, Jacobson spent countless hours cross training and working on agility exercises. Unlike other sports, Jacobson called fencing an asymmetrical workout. "You are constantly in an unnatural body position," she said. "It's very lower-body specific, so you need really strong legs, but you also need to be very quick and light on your feet," she noted. The physical preparation was only part of her focus. She also studied countless videotapes of her opponents in competition in an effort to mentally outsmart them. [cached]

World number one Sada Jacobson, 2006 world champion Rebecca Ward and Athens gold medallist Mariel Zagunis even dream of sweeping the individual medals and winning the team title.
"That's very optimistic, but statistically it is possible," said Jacobson, the Athens bronze medallist. "It's a lot about who you draw — some people struggle with certain people," Jacobson said. "The U.S. team is very strong right now and if we're fencing well we do have a shot at a medal." In a sport where the ability to concentrate is paramount, Jacobson said her Olympic experience has given her an edge. "Depth has greatly increased, skills sets have grown a lot," she said. Jacobson earned a history degree from Yale in 2006 and will start law school at the University of Michigan this year. Before that there are the Olympics. "It's a make or break situation," she said. [cached]

Yale alum Sada Jacobson ('06) is a fencing world champion and Olympic medalist.
Now a first-year law student at the University of Michigan, she is inspiring a whole new generation to excel in the sport she loves. It was in the early 1970s, when Sada Jacobson's father, David, took a peek through a door on campus.

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