Team USA Departs for Budapest and more World Cup action
The United States Pentathlon men's team of U.S. Army Specialist Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas), 2008 Olympian Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.), 2010 Pan American Champion Will Brady (Howell, Mich.) and rising star Lucas Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.) join the women's squad of 2008 Olympian Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.), Rendy Lynn Opdycke (Mercer Island, Wash.), McKenzie West (Littleton, Colo.) and Caitlin Flathers (Rixeyville, Va.) departing May 2 for their trip to Budapest, Hungary, and the third World Cup of the 2011 season, to be held May 5-8.
Hungary has a rich tradition of Modern Pentathlon with close to a million spectators attending the 1999 World Championships. The U.S. has enjoyed extraordinary results in that environment as well. In 1979, Robert Nieman became the first American to win a gold medal in the Modern Pentathlon during the World Championships held in Budapest.
World Cup Team Captains Caitlin Flathers and Dennis Bowsher, along with U.S. coach Janusz Peciak will lead the U.S. delegation in their bid to qualify for the World Cup Final to be held July 10-12 in London, England. The final World Cup of the 2011 season will take place May 26-29 in Cheng Du, China.
Fans around the world will have the chance to watch these, and other great athletes and share in the excitement of Modern Pentathlon. The UIPM will broadcast the finals live on Pentathlon TV @ pentathlon.org on 7 and 8 May 2011. The broadcast will feature highlights of the fencing and swimming events as well as live coverage of the riding and combined event.
The Hungarian World Cup is the third in a series of 5 events in the coming 3 months which will culminate in the World Cup final to be held in London, Great Britain on 9-10 July.
- May 5 Women's Qualification Competition
- May 6 Men's Qualification Competition
- May 7 Women's Individual Final
- May 8 Men's Individual Final