The Pentathlon, a 100-year-old Olympic event is obscure and unpopular—yet it represents much of what's great about the Games

The Glorious Irrelevance of Modern Pentathlon

The Pentathlon, a 100-year-old Olympic event is obscure and unpopular—yet it represents much of what's great about the Games

The modern pentathlon is one of the most unusual Olympic events, and one of the…

The modern pentathlon is one of the most unusual Olympic events, and one of the…

Modern Pentathlon - A sport like no other, at the London 2012 Games Modern Pentathlon will celebrate 100 years as part of the Olympic Games.  Events: Fencing, Swimming, Riding, Combined Run/Shoot Event

Modern Pentathlon - A sport like no other, at the London 2012 Games Modern Pentathlon will celebrate 100 years as part of the Olympic Games. Events: Fencing, Swimming, Riding, Combined Run/Shoot Event

London Olympics 2012: Modern Pentathlon Showjumping in Pictures... this makes me laugh a bit

London Olympics 2012: Modern Pentathlon show jumping - in pictures

London Olympics 2012: Modern Pentathlon Showjumping in Pictures... this makes me laugh a bit

Strong international field sets stage for modern pentathlon at Rio Olympics…

Strong international field sets stage for modern pentathlon at Rio Olympics

Combined events of the Women's Olympic Modern Pentathlon

Combined events of the Women's Olympic Modern Pentathlon

South Korea's Hwang Woojin loses control of his horse during the Show Jumping event of the Modern Pentathlon during the 2012 London Olympics at the Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, London, on August 11, 2012. (Photo by John MacDougall/AFP)

South Korea's Hwang Woojin loses control of his horse during the Show Jumping event of the Modern Pentathlon during the 2012 London Olympics at the Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, London, on August 11, 2012. (Photo by John MacDougall/AFP)

Germany - Lena Schoneborn - Pentathlon:    Lena Schoneborn is a professional pentathlete who competes in the Modern Pentathlon via the Olympics and other international competitions. In the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Schoneborn will represent her home country in the event and is a favorite entering into the Games.    Lena isn’t exactly new to the Olympic stage. Competing in the Modern Pentathlon in 2008 in Beijing, Schoneborn had a very strong showing and earned a gold medal for...

Germany - Lena Schoneborn - Pentathlon: Lena Schoneborn is a professional pentathlete who competes in the Modern Pentathlon via the Olympics and other international competitions. In the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Schoneborn will represent her home country in the event and is a favorite entering into the Games. Lena isn’t exactly new to the Olympic stage. Competing in the Modern Pentathlon in 2008 in Beijing, Schoneborn had a very strong showing and earned a gold medal for...

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