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When Sada Jacobson tells people she’s a fencer, without a flinch most of them will “air poke” her with their finger. She laughs, “It’s not like I can fight them with my finger!” She takes their misconceptions of cartoonish medievalism with levity.
But there isn’t much humor when she’s training in the gym for the Beijing Olympics. It’s a daily regimen: cross-training, cardio, conditioning, lifting, icing, lunch, footwork, strategy, and of course, hours of fencing. Sada, 25, is currently ranked #1 in the world for women’s sabre, but there’s no time for that to go to her head.
Make no mistake, Sada wants the gold. She took the bronze at the 2004 games. She doesn’t fight off the mat, but this time she’s focused on a tough fight for what she left behind last time.
Update: Watch the CNN.com Live interview