March 22, 2009-Colorado Springs, CO
The US National Modern Pentathlon team will kick off the 2009 UIPM World Cup Series with its first competition bring held in Mexico City from March 26 to March29. This will be the first pentathlon World Cup contested using the new combined run-shoot format. There have been several competitions held this year with the new format (including one here in the United States (Palm Springs, CA on January 3, 2009) - as seen on the USA Pentathlon website.
USA Pentathlon, as the new National Governing Body for the sport of modern pentathlon is very pleased and proud to support the US National Team for this important international competition. The competition series will include three more World Cups, the Senior World Championships in London, England, and the World Cup Final this fall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
National team head coach Janusz Peciak his team of six pentathletes will be representing the United States. . The team will feature three returning Olympians, Eli Bremer, Sam Sacksen, and Margaux Isaksen. Completing the team will be Dennis Bowsher, Will Brady, and Daelyn Chase. Peciak, an Olympic pentathlon Gold Medalist and his US team of four at this past Olympics games was one of only four countries qualifying a full team of four pentathletes. Additionally, he was the coach of the only country qualifying athletes to the Olympic Games who had less than four years in the sport (3 out of 4 pentathletes). This is especially noteworthy because in pentathlon each individual has to qualify with the international federation before they receive an invitation to compete in the Olympic Games.
Ten year veteran pentathlete Eli Bremer followed up his Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games with a season ending bronze medal performance at the World Cup Final in Portugal last October. Sacksen was the top placing US athlete at the Beijing Olympic Games. Isaksen was the Youth A World Champion last year, winning the gold medal in September in Albena, Bulgaria. Sacksen and Isaksen were among the youngest pentathletes at the games. Dennis Bowsher placed fourth at the World Cup Final in October and hopes to continue with strong performances this season. Will Brady is looking forward to building a strong performance around his strength at the combined event, fresh off a first place finish at an international training camp competition held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. At age fifteen, Daelyn Chase is new to the US National team. She won the bronze at the 2008 Junior National Championships and competed at the Junior World Championships in Cairo, Egypt last summer.
After a very successful web TV season last year, the UIPM will once again will broadcast the action live on the internet. The instructions for viewing the feed at no charge will be found on the home page of the UIPM website: www.pentathlon.org. Also keep checking back to the website throughout the weekend to enjoy the blogs and real time score updates of UIPM blogger Barry Tompkins. Each evening the day's events featuring the US team will be highlighted on the USA Pentathlon website (www.usapentathlon.org). In addition the schedule for the following day's activities will be updated.
The tentative schedule includes the men's qualification competition on Thursday March 26 and the women's qualifier on Friday March 27. The finals for the men and women will be held on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
For further questions please contact: Atif Siddiqi - (303) 667-1509-- firstname.lastname@example.org