Athletes from around the world have gathered in Colorado Springs for a worldwide winter training camp. The US Olympic Training Center (USOTC) serves as the host of this twice-yearly gathering of athletes from the pentathlon community.
The USOTC boasts some of the best altitude training facilities in the world. A ten lane 50 meter pool, one of the largest shooting facilities in the world, a new ten strip fencing gymnasium, and a twelve point dedicated laser shooting range. On-site medical, food, and cross training facilities as well as off-site trail running make this a Mecca for pentathletes from around the world every year.
Here is a quick recap of who is at the training camp this year.
David Svoboda (CZE) has been in Colorado living at Eli Bremer's (USA) house since the start of November. While in Colorado, David has worked on his English speaking, attended his first American Football game, attended a professional Hockey game in Denver, and experienced the American holiday of Thanksgiving. He will leave the training camp early to return to Prague for school.
Elena Rublevska (LAT) arrived in Colorado without her luggage giving her a difficult start to her training camp. Margaux Isaksen (USA) helped Rublevska shop for shoes and other training equipment before her luggage finally arrived.
A large Russian team, minus Ilia Frolov, arrived December 4th. Frolov was delayed but finally made it to the USOTC on the 7th. Two time Gold Medalist Andrei Moiseev also returns to Colorado Springs where three years ago, he suffered a traumatic accident when he was hit by a truck while running.
The Egyptian team has been trickling in over the past few days. With unrest at home, the Egyptian athletes are enjoying the opportunity to train with their pentathlon colleagues from around the world.
A small Ukrainian contingent consisting of Pavlo Tymoschenko and Victoria Tereshuk has been adjusting to the altitude as well. Ukraine is no stranger to the USOTC and attends this camp nearly every year.
US athletes at the USOTC are taking advantage of having the world's best athletes at their primary training facility to prepare for the 2012 season and beyond. Dennis Bowsher is preparing for his first Olympic berth after qualifying at the Pan American Games.
Eli Bremer is looking to return to action after several years of plaguing foot problems. Margaux Isaksen is wasting no time getting back in shape after a rollercoaster year that put her on top of the podium at both the Pan American Games and the Champion of Champions, but left her disappointed at the Junior World Championships.
Will Brady and Mickey Kelly are celebrating the birth of their new daughter and also starting to return to pentathlon training. New USA recruit Logan Storie got his first dose of international pentathlon. Logan is a 1:51 200M swimmer and standout running who is planning on transitioning into pentathlon after his attempt to qualify for the US Olympic Swim Team this summer.