Sheila Taormina is Modern Pentathlon

August 21, 2008

Meet Sheila Taormina, an American Olympic swimmer, triathlete, and modern pentathlete. See photos, video and read her biography here.

Sheila Taormina will make history on Friday, when she competes in the modern pentathlon at the Beijing Olympics and becomes the first woman to compete in three different sports. This is also her fourth Olympics.

The modern pentathlon consists of five events – shooting, fencing, swimming, riding and running. All of the disciplines will take place over one single day. You can see how the scoring is tabulated here.

As a biography, Sheila Taormina was born on March 18, 1969 in Livonia, Michigan. She is 39 years old. She is 5’3″ and weighs 115 pounds.

She attended the University of Georgia, where she was on the swim team, and was named All-America honors throughout her four years at Georgia. She graduated in 1992 with her Bachelor’s and received her Master’s in 1994.

She tried out for the Olympic teams in 1988 and in 1992, but was unsuccessful. She continued to train and made the 1996 U.S. swim team, where she was the third leg of the gold medal winning 4x200m relay team. After the Olympics, she began competing in triathlons to keep in shape. She competed in the triathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and took sixth place. At the 2004 Athens Games, she finished 23rd. Sheila won the pentathlon at the 2005 Pan Am/South American Championships.

Her story is an amazing one…Sheila has battled depression and even had to deal with a stalker who went to prison for five years but was released earlier this year. I don’t know how she does it…Best of luck to you, Sheila! I will be rooting for you…

Click below for more photos and video of Sheila Taormina.

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