The one thing these over-40 Olympic greats have in common is that they are all returning to their sport to walk a bit further "up the hill" and along the Road to London 2012.
Gostigian is a three-time Olympian in pentathlon, holds several university degrees and is recognized as one of America's premier personal fitness gurus. His client list looks like the credits of an A-list major motion picture. Gostigian and his wife Sharon Monplaisir, an Olympic fencer, live in New York and have two beautiful children with special needs.
Their kids have heard all the Olympic stories but never saw mom or dad compete. Gostigian thought he could do something about that and so he did. He's back-after last competing at the 1996 Olympic Games in the sport that brought him so many of the great experiences in life. Gostigian will compete this week at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Charlotte, N.C. (March 8-11) where athletes can earn valuable world ranking points toward qualification for the Summer Games in London.
Training at the prestigious New York Athletic Club, he's not unrealistic about his chances; he knows it will take completing a "Hail Mary pass" to qualify for the Games. But he's enjoying the walk up the hill-with the top nowhere in sight, and this time he's brought his kids along to share the view with him.