August 11, 2012 |
LONDON -- Modern pentathlon has been in the Olympics since 1912, when Baron Pierre de Coubertin thought soldiers and cavalrymen needed their own event. He came up with the modern version (there had been pentathlon in the ancient Greek Olympics) that included fencing, swimming, shooting, horseback riding and running over the course of five days. De Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympics, probably didn't envision a Mexican food stand at the riding grounds hawking burritos and chips and salsa, but, hey, times change.
July 6, 2012 |
The Duplass filmmaking brothers have turned sibling rivalry into an extreme sport for "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon," hitting the brother-lode with this fractious comedy about two sibs settling old grudges. Co-writers/directors Jay and Mark show an uncanny feel for what the growing pains between brothers can look like and how the bruises can linger. Thematically, it continues the Duplass tradition of taking on the trials of family relationships. It's the competitive juices between boys that continue to boil into adulthood that is preoccupying the filmmakers this time.
June 20, 2012 |
OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND : An Olympic athlete used a specially rigged epee to fake results during a pentathlon. Today's legend reminds me of the long-running crime series, "Columbo. " The series was set up so that the beginning of each episode would show us the criminals seemingly pull off a "perfect murder" and then the rest of the show would bring in the seemingly ineffectual Lt. Columbo, who would solve the murder while we see the murderer du jour (almost always a well known actor or actress)
August 27, 2004 |
The Olympics specializes in niche sports, and modern pentathlon occupies an especially distinctive niche. Modern pentathlon involves five disciplines: shooting, fencing, swimming, horseback riding and running. The idea is to mimic a soldier ordered to deliver a message -- on the back of an unfamiliar horse, through a duel with swords, a shootout, a swim across a river and a cross-country run.
May 18, 2004 |
The International Olympic Committee, which two years ago was threatening to cut baseball, softball and modern pentathlon, announced Monday that all 28 sports now in the Summer Games will stay in the Olympics at least through the Beijing Games in 2008. IOC President Jacques Rogge made the announcement in a meeting here with top officials from 28 international sports governing bodies. Aldo Notari of Italy, president of the international baseball federation, called the decision "a good victory."
November 30, 2002 |
Baseball, softball and the modern pentathlon won a reprieve Friday with the International Olympic Committee voting to postpone any decision about whether the three sports ought to be eliminated from the Olympic Games until after the 2004 Athens Games. An IOC panel had recommended the exclusion of the three sports in August. The recommendation was surprising if not stunning -- no sport has been cut from the Summer Games since after the 1936 Games, when the IOC chucked polo.