Olympic Training Center to host pentathlon championships

Junior and senior athletes from across the country will be in Colorado Springs this weekend for the historic 99th USA Pentathlon National Championships Aug.13-14 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

The athletes are competing in fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping and combined shooting and running, for national titles and a chance to represent Team USA at the 2011 World Championships.

All five events will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center complex, including the equestrian event, for which the Olympic Training Center staff worked hard to prepare an on-site riding area.

The Pentathlon Championships began this week with a national training camp Aug. 8-12 and concludes with the National Championships.

The championships are an official Rocky Mountain State Games event.

The modern Pentathlon, introduced at the 5th Olympiad in Sweden in 1912, is comprised of the contemporary sports of pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running.

Competition begins at 8:30 a.m. both days with the fencing event and continues through the day. The Women’s Championships take place Aug. 13 and Men’s Championship will be Aug. 14.

For more information and a detailed schedule of events go to www.usapentathlon.org.