Margaux Isaksen has a warrior's spirit. She will be competing in her second Summer Olympics and is the top-rated American woman in the sport of modern pentathlon. It seems the young lady has been overcoming adversity her entire life and this summer's Olympic games in London are no different.
Full Name: Margaux Isaksen (pronounced Mar-Go E-Sock-Son)
Nicknames: Mango, Gar-Moe the Great
Weight: 134 lbs.
Birthdate: Oct. 7, 1991 (age 20)
Astrological sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fayetteville, Ark.
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Parents: Thomas, father (deceased); Kathleen West, mother; Steve Ferguson, stepfather
Sibling: Isabella, younger sister
Marital status: Single, but dating U.S. Olympic speedskater Joey Cheek for a year
First noticed in the sport: June 2007
Olympic medals: 0
Other medals: 3 (2011 Pan Am Games, gold; 2011 Champion of Champions, gold; 2010 Pan American Championships, silver)
National championships: 5 (Senior and Youth A championships in 2009; Youth, Senior and Junior championships in 2007)
Affiliations: U.S. Training Center in Colorado Springs, Arkansas Fencing Academy in Springdale, Ark.
Twitter handle: @MargauxIsaksen
Blog: Modern Pentathlon training blog
Official website: MargauxIsaksen.com
First sport: Soccer
Other notable facts: Isaksen's biological father, a cruise ship captain, died of colon cancer when she was just 2. According to the Los Angeles Times, the elite athlete considers her stepfather her dad. … The young lady has battled mononucleosis since January. She only began training for the 2012 Summer Olympics in April. … Qualified for this year's Olympics by winning gold at last year's Pan Am Games. … Is currently ranked 40th in the world after finishing 21st in Beijing. … Modern pentathlon consists of five sports combined into one day: swimming, fencing, show jumping, and combined running/shooting. … Isaksen credits her high school coaches with encouraging her training. … Inspired by fencing coach's daughter who is also a pentathlete.
Only Team USA medal for women's modern pentathlon is silver in 2000, and American men haven't won a medal since 1960 in Rome. … No American athlete has won a gold medal in modern pentathlon. … Began training for pentathlon in 2006 when she "fell in love" with fencing. … Still gets exhausted even in light training because of mononucleosis. … Received the President's Environmental Youth Award in 2006 after establishing the Parker Branch Stream Team to help keep the stream near Isaksen's grandparent's farm clean, according to NBC Sports. … Developed her love of horseback riding when her mother would take her riding as an infant. … Made up a 20-second deficit going into the final combined run/shoot event of the 2011 Pan Am Games to win the gold.
William Browning has been a fan of the Summer Olympics since the games of 1984 in Los Angeles.
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