Name:  James Lenger                                    


2016 UIPM Modern Pentathlon World Champion

Hometown (City, State): Holland, MI

Current Residence (City, State): Chicago, IL

Birthdate:04/23            Birthplace (City, State): High Point, NC

Height: 6’4                   Weight: 200

Current Coach:  Tsanko Hantov, Alex Abend, Dr. G, Seth Kelsey

High School Attended with location: Holland Christian High School, Holland, MI                        

Sports You Competed in While in High School (include number of years):

Tennis – One Year, Baseball – One Year, Basketball – One Year, Soccer – 4 Years

College Attended: Hope College, Holland, MI                                                   


Hobbies: Music (also my occupation), cycling, cooking, travel

Something Unique Others May Not Know About You: My first Olympic experience was playing in a band in the Salt Lake City for the Winter Olympics.  I have music schools in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and London.  Music has been a big part of my life, almost as long as I have played sports.  I got into Modern Pentathlon as something to dedicate to my mom, who passed away from a brain tumor in 2009.  I saw the event at the London Olympics, and have since been training full-time for the event.

Favorite Foods: Meat and seafood of any kind (gator tail and octopus are two of my favorites) 

What Do You Eat for Pre-Competition? Peanut butter English muffins, strawberries

Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan, Rowdy Gaines

Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump

Favorite Music: I listen to everything

Favorite Country Visited for Competition: Netherlands

Other Information you would like to include in your athlete bio: My webpage is and my Instagram page is @jameslenger (

Please list your hometown media outlets (newspapers, TV stations, Radio stations, Magazines, etc.): Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, WGN Radio/TV, NBC 5 Chicago, Grand Rapids Press, Holland Sentinel, Wood TV 8, Grand Rapids, WOTV Grand Rapids, WZZM 13 Grand Rapids, FOX 17 Grand Rapids,