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Sada Jacobson ’06

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. A third member of the U.S. team, Becca Ward, won the bronze for a U.S. sweep. The trio was favored to win the team saber event on August 21, but they had to settled for bronze after being defeated by Ukraine.

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. But a fellow Yalie was on hand to proffer a handkerchief: former president George H. W. Bush ’48, who had been on hand for the final bout. “It was a very kind gesture,” Jacobson told the Hartford Courant. “I probably should have kept the handkerchief, now that I think about it.”

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