UIPM President Dr h.c. Klaus Schormann 'This is a historical moment that this competition will be organised with the new laser technology that is the future of our sport. I am also very excited that we are back in the USA, who will now be a partner for major highlight competitions in the future'
The favourite to be the first World Cup winner with Laser Shooting will be World #1 Aleksander Lesun (RUS) who shot from obscurity to stardom in 2010, with former World #1 Adam Marosi (HUN) looking to make up from a disappointing 2010 by his standard to take back his cherished World #1 status in a field that includes 19 of the top 20 ranked athletes
Women powerhouses of World #1 Lena Schoneborn (GER) and 3 times World Champion Amelie Caze (FRA) are expected to continue their 2010 domination of the Women's event where in 2010 between them they won 4 World Cups, World Cup Final, World Championships and European Champions as the rest of the women look to change the trend in the Palm Springs Desert.
The American public will be out in force to support their local heroes and they have a real chance of seeing their stars on the podium. Young sensation and World #7 Margaux Isaksen is the most likely to taste success with current Pan American Champion William Brady also looking to build on his momentum in 2010.
Fans around the world will have the chance to watch these and other great athletes and share in the excitement of Modern Pentathlon. The UIPM will broadcast the finals live on Pentathlon TV at pentathlon.org on 26 and 27 February 2011. The broadcast will feature highlights of the fencing and swimming events as well as live coverage of the riding and combined event.
The USA World Cup is the first in a series of 5 events in the coming six months which will culminate in the World Cup final to be held in London, Great Britain on 9-10 July.
February 24 Women's Qualification Competition
February 25 Men's Qualification Competition
February 26 Women's Individual Finals
February 27 Men's Individual Finals
Will Lesun repeat his extraordinary break through season of last year? Will Margaux Isaksen continue America's traditionally strong presence? Will any of the Women be able to break the domination of Schoneborn and Caze. Let's see... Come and back your national heroes and visit the first World Cup of the season at Rancho Mirage, USA or visit our website at pentathlon.org