April 27, 2008 – Mariel Zagunis, who won a gold medal at the Athens Olympics, Sada Jacobson, who won the bronze in 2004, and Becca Ward were selected to the women’s sabre team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Dagmara Wozniak was named an alternate.
Zagunis, the daughter of Olympians, won a rare Olympic fencing gold medal for the U.S. when she shocked Tan Xue of China in the finals in 2004. Less than a decade after Mariel picked up fencing, she became the first American woman in 100 years to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport.
“It will be totally different this time around,” Zagunis said. “I have a title to defend so that is added pressure. You have everyone expecting you to win and there’s a big target on your back that everyone is gunning for.”
Erinn Smart, Emily Cross and Hannah Thompson were named to the women’s foil team, with Doris Willette as the alternate. Kelley Hurley will compete in the women’s epee.