Monday, August 6, 2012

Pentathlete and US Army Soldier - Dennis Bowsher

If you don't know about the Modern Pentathlon, here's a quick lesson.

The Modern Pentathlon has 5 events:

  • Fencing
  • Shooting
  • Equestrian
  • Swimming
  • Running

It was created in 1912 for the Olympics that year.  At the time it represented the skills of an ideal soldier - one who could fight with a sword, fight with a pistol, ride a horse, swim and run.  This year, the Modern Pentathlon celebrates 100 years of continuous competition in the Olympic Games!

Team USA is sending an Army soldier and accomplished Pentathlete to represent us - Dennis Bowsher.  Dennis has several medals in national competition:
  • Gold - 2005 US National Championships
  • Bronze - 2006 US National Championships
  • Gold - 2007 US National Championships
  • Gold - 2009 US National Championships
  • Bronze - 2010 US National Championships
  • Gold - 2011 US National Championships
Dennis lives in Colorado Springs where he trains at the US Olympic Complex.  His dream has always been to qualify for the Olympics, and this year he did!!

As a soldier, Dennis is part of the Army's World Class Athlete Program - which sent 11 athletes to the 2012 London Olympics!  Dennis first enlisted in the US Army in 2005, and currently serves as a Specialist (SPC).

To support his community in Colorado Springs, Dennis took time last month to join other athletes who were visiting victims of the devastating Colorado Wildfires.

Go Dennis and Go Team USA!!!

Check out this personal video from Dennis about his sport...

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