Sada Jacobson 

Olympic fencer

Sada Jacobson is an Olympic saber fencer from Dunwoody. In 2004, she won a bronze medal in the Summer Olympics and hopes to win gold this year. She and her sister Emily, also a champion fencer, are members of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

"Originally, fencing was training for sword fighting. The target area is from the waist up. It comes from cavalry. [In cavalry sword fights] you had to attack your opponent without wounding the horse."

"Fencing is safe. Punctures are rare. The most common injuries are the repetitive stress injuries you get in all sports.

The most common response when she tells people she's a fencer: "1) They do air poking at me. One hundred percent of them do that. 2) They say, 'Whoa, I wouldn't want to mess with her. She's dangerous.' I've heard it a million times.

"I've never been in an actual physical confrontation. I don't think I would fare well."

"I like to make drinks with the little swords in them."



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