Women’s Saber

1996 Olympic Fencing Team Opening Ceremony1996 Olympic Fencing Team Opening Ceremony

’96 Olympians, photo taken in the holding area prior to Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta
Photo By Carl Borack

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1996 Olympic Team at the White House1996 Olympic Team at the White House

1996 Olympic Team at the White House

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2005 World Champions2005 World Champions

Congratulations Team USA – 2005 World Champions! OFA members Caity Thompson (far left), Rebecca Ward (2nd from right) and Mariel Zagunis (far right) along with team-mate Sada Jacobson bring home the gold and World Champion Title   ( From OregonFencing.com)

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Jacobson, Emily and SadaJacobson, Emily and Sada

Sister act
Feisty Emily and Sada Jacobson are ready for sabre competition
From an article by Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated
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Striking Gold – Boston Globe 08/18/2004Striking Gold - Boston Globe 08/18/2004

Striking gold – Historic fencing win for Zagunis; bronze to Jacobson
By Tony Chamberlain, Boston Globe Staff

ATHENS — There’s a tradition in fencing that an Olympic champion gets thrown in the air by teammates. Not that the United States knows too much about that tradition, since it’s been 100 years since they won a gold in the sport at the Games. But that all changed last night at the Helleniko Sports Center as members of the US men’s team stormed the fencing strip and tossed 19-year-old Mariel Zagunis high into the air after she beat former world champion Tan Xue of China to win the first Olympic women’s individual sabre competition.

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US National Women’s Saber Champions


1998 Kelly Williams was the first Div 1 champion

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Ward, BeccaWard, Becca

Ward steps to the fore at saber championships
From: The Regal Courier

Rebecca Ward, 16, of Cedar Mill, became the new Senior World Champion in Women’s Saber fencing Oct. 2 in Torino, Italy at the 2006 Senior World Championships.

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Watson, RubyWatson, Ruby

Ruby Watson of the Metropolitan Division was the most formidable voice year after year for the development and inclusion of Women’s Epee and Women’s Saber in US Division 1 and Olympic events.

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Women’s Saber Olympians

2004 Mariel Zagunis, Gold

2004 Sada Jacobson, Bronze

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Women’s Saber World Champions

Gold Medalists

2000, Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson, Christine Becker, Nicole Mustilli, WST

2001, Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson, Amelia Gaillard, Emily Jacobson, JWST

2001, Mariel Zagunis, CWS

2001, Mariel Zagunis, JWS

2003, Sada Jacobson, JWS

2004, Caitlin Thompson, CWS

2004, Emily Jacobson, JWS

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Zagunis, MarielZagunis, Mariel

Mariel Zagunis competed in the 2004 Athens Women’s sabre competition, and was the first American to win an Olympic fencing gold medal in 100 years.   She won the gold again at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and then went on to win the 2009 World Fencing Championships in Antalya, Turkey.

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