Grab Your Saddle, Epee, Gun and Speedo. It’s Time For The Modern Pentathlon.

An athletes dives into the pool during a training session before the swimming portion of the women's modern pentathlon at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.
An athletes dives into the pool during a training session before the swimming portion of the women's modern pentathlon at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Natacha Pisarenko/AP
An athletes dives into the pool during a training session before the swimming portion of the women's modern pentathlon at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.
An athletes dives into the pool during a training session before the swimming portion of the women's modern pentathlon at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Natacha Pisarenko/AP

Grab Your Saddle, Epee, Gun and Speedo. It’s Time For The Modern Pentathlon.

What do swimming, fencing, pistol shooting, cross country running, and riding an unknown horse have in common? They’re the five disciplines that make up the Modern Pentathlon, an Olympic sport that was created by the founder of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin in the late 1800s. The pentathlon is currently taking place in Rio despite criticism that it’s an irrelevant vestige of the past. So, what’s the story behind the relatively unknown sport? 

Morning Shift talks to James Lenger, a pentathlete for Team USA, about the Modern Pentathlon, his training process and why he took the sport up in the first place.