USA Pentathlon Selects Charlotte for first stop on the Road to London

Jan. 26, 2012, 11:53 a.m. (ET)

Charlotte, N.C., has been selected to host the Modern Pentathlon World Cup and Olympic Qualifier taking place March 8-11. Facilities for the event include the Grady Cole Center, Memorial Stadium and the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. USA Pentathlon Managing Director Rob Stull along with Olympic qualifiers Margaux Isaksen and Dennis Bowsher  were on hand for the announcement in Charlotte on Jan. 25. The city also announced the hosting of the Olympic Trials for Canoe Slalom (April 12-14) and the 2012 Charlotte UltraSwim (May 10-13).
"As one of the last stops before the London 2012 Games, Charlotte demonstrates a keen ability to host events of an intense caliber," said Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority CEO Tom Murray. "In fact, no other U.S. destination will host this amount of Olympic activity leading up to the Games. We're honored to welcome the Olympic spirit and will strive to make each event an unforgettable experience for the athletes, coaches, relatives and spectators drawn to the region."

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Five sports including swimming, fencing, horseback riding, running and shooting comprise the rigorous gauntlet of Modern Pentathlon. Over 80 men and 60 women from more than 30 countries will compete in an event first introduced in the 1912 Olympic Games. While the sport celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year beginning in Charlotte, its origins are steeped in the original Greek Pentathlon dating back to 708 B.C.