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USA Pentathlon

Modern Pentathlon Pre-Competition Media Availability

Aug. 17, 2008, 10:06 p.m. (ET)
Who: Eli Bremer, Sam Sacksen, Margaux Isaksen, Head Coach Janusz Peciak and Riding Coach Michael Cintas of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for Modern Pentathlon


What: Pre-Competition Media Availability

When:Monday, August 18, 13:00 Beijing time

Where: Main Press Center, Press Conference Room #2

The U.S. men's team consists of Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo./Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Air Force) and Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa./Colorado Springs, Colo.).


Bremer is peaking at the right time having completed the best international performance of his career with 12th place at the 2008 World Modern Pentathlon Championships in Budapest, Hungary, June 1.


Sacksen won the tie-breaker to secure his spot over Dennis Bowsher on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. His top recent performance was an eighth place finish in World Cup #5 in Kladno, Czech Republic in May 2008.


At just 16 years-old Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark./Colorado Springs, Colo.) picked up the sport of modern pentathlon very quickly. Isaksen burst onto the national scene in June 2007 when she captured all three U.S. National Championship titles (senior, junior and youth). In February 2008, Isaksen made her first World Cup Final at the first World Cup stop of the season in Cairo, Egypt finishing 13th. She served notice that she was a serious contender for 2008 when she won the silver medal at the second World Cup stop of the season in Mexico City, Mexico.


Leading the United States Modern Pentathlon Team for a sixth consecutive Olympic Games will be head coach Janusz Peciak (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Peciak won the Olympic gold medal for his home country of Poland in modern pentathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He also competed in the 1972 and 1980 Olympic Games. Peciak will be joined by Michael Cintas (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) who will serve as the riding coach for the team. Cintas has served as the riding coach for the USA Pentathlon Team since 2003, this will be his first year on an Olympic staff. Scott Novack (Colorado Springs, Colo.), the High Performance Manager for USA Pentathlon, will serve as Team Leader.


The Modern Pentathlon competition for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing China gets underway on Thursday, August 21 with the men. The women compete on Friday, August 22.


The schedule is as follows for both days:

08:30-09:10 - Shooting - Fencing Hall on the Olympic Green
10:00-13:15 - Fencing - Fencing Hall on the Olympic Green
14:30-15:10 - Swimming - Yingdong Natatorium on the Olympic Green
17:00-19:00 - Riding - Olympic Sports Center Stadium on the Olympic Green
20:00-20:30 - Running - Olympic Sports Center Stadium on the Olympic Green
20:30-20:40 - Medal Ceremony - Olympic Sports Center Stadium on the Olympic Green
20:40 - 21:10 - Post Event Press Conference for Medalists - Olympic Sports Center Stadium on the Olympic Green

Representing the United States of America at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China are:

Women:
Margaux Isaksen(Fayetteville, Ark./Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Sheila Taormina(Livonia, Mich.)

Men:
Eli Bremer(Monument, Colo./Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Air Force)
Sam Sacksen(Somerset, Pa./Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Head Coach: Janusz Peciak(Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Riding Coach: Michael Cintas(Rancho Mirage, Calif.)
Team Leader: Scott Novack (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
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