President Schormann declares open the inaugural 2013 World Cup

Feb. 19, 2013, 6 p.m. (ET)

Dr h.c. Klaus Schormann, UIPM President, declared open the 2013 World Cup in Palm Springs, the inaugural event of the 2013 World Cup Series. President Schormann stressed the importance of the Patton legacy, fairplay and wished all competitors the best of luck.

Keynote speaker and granddaughter of General George S. Patton, Helen Patton addressed the athletes and spectators with a speech punctuated by personal memories, anecdotes and inspirational quotes from the great General. General Patton was the first American Pentathlete having competed in the 1912 Olympic Games.

Some 30 nations and nearly 200 athletes will compete over the next 5 days in the men's, women's and mixed relay Pentathlon events. Five of the six medalists from the London Games will be on hand to test their skills while the USA's Margaux Isaksen, who narrowly missed a medal in London. “I am here, I am excited, and I am ready to compete,” says Isaksen who will try to step atop the podium at home.

The athletes will start Wednesday morning with the men’s semi-final competition.