Skijoring

Equipment

Air Pistol Bullets Epee Goggles Horse Saddle Shoes Swim Cap

Rules

Perform well on each of the first four disciplines, and then finish the running discipline before any other competitor. Rules Shooting: Competitors use a 4.5mm air pistol, shot from the standing position at a distance of 10 meters. Each competitor has 20 shots, with 40 seconds to fire each shot. Fencing: Competitors use an epee in a round-robin competition. Each match lasts up to one minute, with the first fencer to score a hit winning the match. If neither scores within the first minute, both competitors lose. Swimming: Competitors swim a 200-meter freestyle race. Riding: Competitors ride a horse on a 350-450 meter course with 12 to 15 obstacles. Horses are chosen in a draw, 20 minutes before the start of the riding discipline. Running: Competitors run a 3-kilometer cross-country race. Rankings and start times are a reflection of each competitor's score from the first four disciplines. The first person to cross the finish line is the overall winner of the pentathlon.

Description

Modern Pentathlon is an individual sport consisting of five events: epee fencing, pistol shooting, two hundred meter freestyle swimming, a show jumping course on horseback and a cross-country run. Modern pentathlon was created for the modern Olympic Games, to reflect the ideal skills of turn of the century soldiers stuck behind enemy lines. Disciplines included in the event are shooting, fencing, swimming, riding and running. Prior to the running discipline, competitors are seeded based on the results of the first four disciplines. The competitor to finish the race first is the winner of the pentathlon.

History

Modern pentathlon was created by modern Olympic Games founder, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. As the events of the ancient pentathlon were modeled after the skills of the ideal soldier of that time, Coubertin created the modern pentathlon to simulate the experience of a 19th century cavalry soldier behind enemy lines: ride an unknown horse, fight with pistol and sword, run and swim. The event was first held at the 1912 Summer Olympic Games. In 1996, organizers switched to a one-day format in order to improve the event's commercial image. In 2000 a women's event was added. Today the sport remains and Olympic event, mostly popular in Eastern Europe.