Margaux Isaksen may be hoping that the third time indeed is a charm as she has qualified for a spot on her third Olympic team, which she learned when the world rankings came out Wednesday.
Isaksen competed at her first Olympic Games in Beijing at the age of 16, placing 21st. Despite battling mononucleosis weeks before competition, she was able to place fourth at the London 2012 Olympic Games, just two seconds away from a bronze medal. Her appearance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will make her the first woman to represent the U.S. in modern pentathlon at three Games.
Rio is where Isaksen has already enjoyed one of her greatest international successes, winning her only world cup gold medal there in 2013. The 24-year-old from Fayetteville, Arkansas, who is a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, twice has won the Champion of Champions event, in 2011 in Catania, Italy, and again in 2013 in Doha, Qatar. She won three silver medals on the world cup circuit in 2015, demonstrating that she is ready to contend for a medal in Rio.
Currently ranked No. 20 in the world, Isaksen exploded onto the U.S. modern pentathlon scene in 2007 when she won the U.S. national championship at all three levels (senior, junior and youth) in the same year at the age of 15. That year she also won senior level gold at the South American Senior and Junior Championships in Rio.
In 2008, at the age of 16, she won her first world cup medal (a silver in Mexico City), won the youth world championship, placed 13th at the junior world championship, was 29th at senior worlds and 21st at the Olympic Games.
Isaksen joins Nathan Schrimsher on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team. Schrimsher was the first athlete of any sport to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team by virtue of his top-three finish at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games in July.
Additional U.S. athletes could qualify when the sport’s international federation announces the final round of allocations on June 16.