Riding Training in Rome

Oct. 16, 2010, 2:15 p.m. (ET)

Team USA’s top two elite modern pentathletes will join the top pentathletes in the world this week when they train in Rome, Italy, under the direction of world-renowned riding intructors and at the invitation of the International Pentathlon Federation (UIPM). 
2008 Olympian Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) was just 16 years old when she placed 21st at the Beijing Games. Now 18, Isaksen capped off a busy summer competition calendar with a career-best 12th place finish at the world championships, up five places from her 17th-place finish last year. She is currently ranked 8th in the world and her focus is on earning a medal in 2012.
Joining Isaksen in Rome is USA Pentathlon elite men’s team member Will Brady (Howell, Mich.).  Brady, 25, has performed solidly all year at international competitions achieving an impressive 5th-place finish in the combined event during the qualification round of the world championships. Brady comes from a long history of equestrian champions and grew up on his parents horse farm in Michigan.

The equestrian discpline of the modern pentathon consists of a timed stadium show-jumping event. The 15-obstacle course is challenging in terms of the size of the jumps as well as the very technical turns and approaches.

"The opportunity to train with the best in the world is just incredible, " said Isaksen. 

USA Pentathlon coaches are also hopeful that this informal environment created by the UIPM will be just what our athletes need to develop the friendships Olympic sport offers and teach our athletes that winning in London is not just possible, but probable.
USA Pentathlon
The Modern Pentathlon, introduced at the 5th Olympiad in Stockholm (SWE) in 1912, comprises the contemporary sports of pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running.  In its creation it was believed that this event, above all others, would "test an athlete’s” moral qualities as much as his or her physical resources and skills, producing thereby the ideal, complete athlete. Today the modern pentathlon is highly regarded for its inherent demands of courage, co-ordination, physical fitness, self-discipline and flexibility in ever changing circumstances. For more information, please visit: www.USAPentathlon.com.