First appearing in the 1912 Stocholm Olympic Games, the 2012 modern pentathlon will look to take center stage during the London Games on the sport's 100th anniversary.
Ah, the modern pentathlon, a one-day shooting, fencing, horse riding and running affair—a multidisciplinary event that discriminates against all except the very best all-around athletes in the world.
Since 1984 and the USSR's boycott of the Los Angeles Games, Team USA has not won a single medal in the modern pentathlon's team competition, with Emily De Riel taking home an individual women's silver at the Sydney Games in 2000. Meanwhile, the USSR and Russian Federation has continued to dominate the five-phase contest.
Training is already underway at the U.S. Olympic Training Center Complex at Team USA headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Under the tutelage of Olympic Development Camp coach and Olympic Champion Janusz Peciak, let's preview Team USA's chances in London.
With just three athletes qualified to compete for Team USA, each will have to be on point to have success in London.