I currently attend Stanford University, where I am studying physics and quantum information science. I began pentathlon at age 7 after watching this video from UIPM and relentlessly asking my parents to find a team to begin training. This led to traveling 4+ hours most weekends to West Coast Pentathlon (WCP), the closest pentathlon team to us. With their training sessions and encouragement, my sister and I attended our first pentathlon training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado later that year. We were the youngest athletes in their program and, despite the grueling training sessions each day, we reported it was more fun than Disneyland. We were hooked.
Unable to continue regularly driving the long way to WCP, my sister and I began training on our own. We ran in a local park, did fencing footwork, drills and bouts in our garage, and set up a laser shooting station there as well. We were not completely on our own, though, as we had a lot of support from USA Pentathlon. “Dr. G” provided running and shooting workouts for us to use at home as well as spent countless hours over the years improving our technique when we trained at the Olympic Training Center. Simon Pittfield allowed us to join his epee group and open fencing sessions, and we were given the privilege of fighting hard to keep up with the USA swimmers at our local swim team, Spare Time Aquatics. We could not have succeeded without this support.
Ten+ years later, I still love pentathlon. I have made friends across the world through international competitions and have been profoundly inspired by the athletes and coaches I have gotten to know from time spent at the Olympic Training Center. If you’re interested in learning more about pentathlon or want to give it a try, feel free to contact me through this website. If you’re interested in learning more about my pentathlon accomplishments, you can check them out here..
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.-- Pierre de Coubertin --