Emily Phillipa Jacobson (born December 2, 1985, in Dunwoody, Georgia) is an American sabre fencer.


Jacobson is a daughter of David Jacobson, a member of the 1974 U.S. National fencing team in saber and also a former Yale fencer, and Tina Jacobson, who has also fenced competitively. She is the younger sister of fellow U.S. Olympic team fencer Sada Jacobson, born in February 1983. She also has a younger sister, Jackie, who was born February 26, 1989, who is also a world-class fencer.

Jacobson graduated from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2004. She started attending Columbia University in the fall of 2004, where she was a psychology major.

Fencing career

World Championships, World Cups, Pan Am Games, and US & World Rankings

Jacobson finished 7th in saber at the 2001 World Championships.[1] She won a team gold medal in sabre at the 2001 World Junior Team Championships. She won a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.[1] She won a bronze medal at a World Cup in Havana, Cuba, in June 2003, and a silver medal at a World Cup in Budapest, Hungary, in March 2004.[2] At the 2004 Junior World Championships, she won gold medals in both the team and individual events.[1] That year, she was ranked No. 3 among female junior and senior U.S. saber fencers.[1]


She competed for the U.S. at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She reached the Round of 16, losing to Leonore Perrus of France, 15-13.[3]

College career

After high school she ranked second nationally, and 11th in the world. At Columbia University, Jacobson she was twice named first team All-American.[4]

Jacobson was the 2005 NCAA Champion.[5] She won the women’s sabre title at the 2005 North American Cup, and secured the silver medal in sabre at the IFA Championships.[4] In 2004–05 she was 27–3 overall and ranked 3rd in the nation, and 8th in the world, in sabre that year.[4]

In 2006, she finished second in sabre at the NCAA Championships and placed 8th at the North American Cup. She was 31–2 during the 2005–06 season.[4]


Jacobson, who is Jewish, received the 2002 Jules D. Mazor Award as the Jewish High School Athlete of the year from the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[1]


Her image was included in a 5766 calendar, "Jewish + Female = Athlete: Portraits of Strength from around the World", featuring Jewish women in sport, produced by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Emily Jacobson". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Women's Saber: Emily Jacobson". fencingmedia.org. Archived from the original on June 7, 2007. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Emily Jacobson Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Emily Jacobson". Nellya's Olympic Fencers. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Ralph Hickok (April 1, 2010). "NCAA Fencing Champions". HickokSports.com. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ Asinof, Richard (September 29, 2005). "History of Jewish female athletes celebrated in brand-new calendar". The Jewish Ledger. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 

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