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Margaux Isaksen Qualifies for Third Olympics


UIPM Monaco - June 1, 2016 – Based on her strong performance in international competitions, Margaux Isaksen, Fayetteville, AR qualified to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games. Margaux easily accumulated enough points through the Olympic World Rankings to qualify in the opening selection for the Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August. This will be Margaux's third Olympic Games as she competed in Beijing in 2008 and finished fourth in London in 2012. Margaux joins Nathan Schrimsher, Roswell, NM who already qualified with a bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games. Nathan was the first American athlete in any sport to qualify for the Rio Games. Additional US athletes will have to wait till June 16 when the second selection round is announced by the Union International of Pentathlon Modern.

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By Craig Bohnert, June 2, 2016Margaux Isaksen may be hoping that the third time indeed is a charm as she has qualified for a spot on her third Olympic team, which she learned when the world rankings came out Wednesday.

Isaksen competed at her first Olympic Games in Beijing at the age of 16, placing 21st. Despite battling mononucleosis weeks before competition, she was able to place fourth at the London 2012 Olympic Games, just two seconds away from a bronze medal. Her appearance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will make her the first woman to represent the U.S. in modern pentathlon at three Games.

Rio is where Isaksen has already enjoyed one of her greatest international successes, winning her only world cup gold medal there in 2013. The 24-year-old from Fayetteville, Arkansas, who is a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, twice has won the Champion of Champions event, in 2011 in Catania, Italy, and again in 2013 in Doha, Qatar. She won three silver medals on the world cup circuit in 2015, demonstrating that she is ready to contend for a medal in Rio.

Currently ranked No. 20 in the world, Isaksen exploded onto the U.S. modern pentathlon scene in 2007 when she won the U.S. national championship at all three levels (senior, junior and youth) in the same year at the age of 15. That year she also won senior level gold at the South American Senior and Junior Championships in Rio.

In 2008, at the age of 16, she won her first world cup medal (a silver in Mexico City), won the youth world championship, placed 13th at the junior world championship, was 29th at senior worlds and 21st at the Olympic Games.

Isaksen joins Nathan Schrimsher on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team. Schrimsher was the first athlete of any sport to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team by virtue of his top-three finish at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games in July.

Additional U.S. athletes could qualify when the sport’s international federation announces the final round of allocations on June 16.


2015 UIPM World Cup #2 Cairo,
Silver Medal for Margaux Isaksen!

Cairo Modern Pentathlon 2015 World Cup #2

Margaux Isaksen started off impressively by winning the fencing event at the second World Cup event in Cairo, Egypt. She followed up strong in all of the events including a perfect ride to finish second and claim the silver medal. Isaksen (USA) was also a prominent performer in the first leg of the series and she is now in a very strong position in the World Cup Finals qualifying stakes after two silver medals. She can also look ahead to the rest of the season knowing she has only been beaten by the reigning champions of the Olympic Games and UIPM World Championships. For more pentathlon news visit

Cairo Modern Pentathlon 2015  World Cup #2 Results

Margaux Isaksen wins Silver Medal
Starts Pentathlon Season Strong

2015 UIPM Word Cup #1

Silver Medal for Margaux Isaksen - UIPM 2015 World Cup #1

Seeing Silver: Margaux Isaksen
Starts Pentathlon Season Strong
By Paul D. Bowker

The road toward Rio began impressively enough for U.S. pentathlete Margaux Isaksen.
In the season-opening UIPM Modern Pentathlon World Cup stop this past weekend in Sarasota, Florida, the two-time Olympian led portions of the women’s final on Friday and ultimately won a silver medal. She finished runner-up to Great Britain’s Samantha Murray, the silver medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games and defending world champion.
The Sarasota event was the first to award qualification points toward the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
“I’m pleased with how I performed,” Isaksen, 23, told “The first competition of the year is a great way to gauge where I am both physically and mentally.” .....FULL STORY HERE

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8th Place Finish at 2014 World Championships

Margaux Isaksen, Colorado Springs, CO was strong across all events as she finished 8th in the individual competition at the 2014 Modern Pentathlon World Championships being held in Warsaw, Poland.

Margaux Isaksen Wins 2014 Women's
2014 National Championship

Margaux Isaksen won the 2014 National Championship by holding off Samantha Achterberg who turned in the fastest time in the Combined. Margaux won the swimming event and placed second in the fencing event which was won by her sister Isabella.

USA Pentathlon National Championship 2014

Team USA Head Coach Janusz Peciak
Recognized for Extraordinary Contributions to the Olympic Movement:

Team USA Coach Januz Peciak Recognized for Extraordinary Contributions to the Olympic Movement

Sept 8, 2014

Team USA Head Coach Janusz Peciak was recognized for "Extraordinary Contributions to the Olympic Movement" by the UIPM and the Polish Olympic Committee. Janusz is a three time Olympian who won the gold medal in Modern Pentathlon during the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

Durin his competition career, Janusz won World Championship gold medals and was named Poland's "Sports Personality of the Year in 1977 and 1981. Currently, Janusz is the Director of Sport world-wide for UIPM, a member of the UIPM Executive Board and the National Team Coac for the United States.

Congratulations Janusz and thank you for all of the hard work and dedication which you have given to the Sport and to Team USA!


Margaux Isaksen Dominates Doha, Qatar Competition
Champion of Champions 2013!

Margaux Isaksen, Doha Qatar, Champion of Champions 2013

Margaux Isaksen, Doha Qatar 2013 Champion of Champions


World Cup Gold!!
Great Performance in Rio!

Janusz Peciak and Margaux Isaksen Rio World Cup Pentathlon Gold 2013

World Cup Rio 2013 Gold Medal Winner Margaux Isaksen and her esteemed coach Janusz Peciak, Congratuations! Read the full story on the US Olympic website:

Margaux Isaksen with a perfect score in Showjumping, Modern Pentathlon World Cup Rio 2013

A perfect 1200 score in the show jumping event, well done!

Margaux Isaksen, Finishes for Gold! Rio, March 2013


Margaux Isaksen on the podium with Gold! Rio March 2013 Modern Pentathlon World Cup

Great performance here in Rio for the US Modern Pentathlon team. Margaux Isaksen won the world cup after a strong ride and combined, beating all three of the medalist from the London Olympic games( Laura Asadauskaite, Samantha Murray, and Yane Marques). Margaux had a weak fence, which is normally one of her strongest events. However, Margaux produced her best time this season in the pool. But she made an even more brilliant recovery in riding, when she rode perfect for 1200 points. She started the combined in third place, and after half of the race she took the lead, and held it to the finish.

Her sister, Isabella Isaksen, in her first international world cup outside of the USA, finished 21st place. I believe that she preformed extremely well, and has so much potential. She was consistent in all five of the events. All of the best athletes were here, and she proved that she is a force to be reckoned with on the international stage. I was particularly impressed with her fencing. She had a very bad start, but was able to finish strong and beat a lot of the top fencers, and won more than 80% of her bouts in the second half.

She had a beautiful ride, and was able to conquer a very technical course. In the combined, she struggled with her shooting, but still produced an admirable time of 14 minutes 5 seconds. I believe with more experience and confidence, she will be shooting much better.

I was also very happy with Grace Kittle's performance. She was the fastest swimmer at the World Cup, with a time of 2:08. In the semi final she fenced over 700 points, and shows great potential.In combine, her shooting was very good . In moment she will improve running, she will be all around pentathlete. It was great time for US team ,who fight for each other and helped for each other. Good start before Olympic Games 2016 in Rio.

US Pentathlon Head Coach,
Janusz Peciak

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Congratulations Margaux Isaksen 2012 Junior World Champion!
Margaux Isaksen Wins Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championship 2012 Poland finish line combined event.

2012 Junior World Champion Margaux Isaksen Crosses the finish line in Poland. Well Done Margaux!

Margaux Isaksen 2012 Modern Pentathlon Junior World Champion

Individual Gold Medal - Congratulations Margaux!

USA Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championship Team Win Gold Medal

USA Junior Womens Team Victory great job supporting each other!




Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championship 3 Gold Medals for Margaux!

Drzonkow, Poland
September 02-10, 2012

USA Modern Pentathlon Junior Team Hug !

USA Junior World Championship Team Gold Medal


USA Juniors women won 3 Gold medals at the Junior World Championship in Poland.

Margaux Isaksen won the Gold Medal for USA in Individual category and also the young team with Isabella Isaksen and Samantha Achterberg won another Gold Medal beating Russia in Team competition. Margo total won 3 Gold and Isabella and Samantha 2 Gold. Margaux and team won fencing, what immediately help them to win World Championship.
They work together as the team to support each other. They were strong in all events dominate at this World Championships like never before. They were fantastic.



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Margaux Isaksen 2012 London Olympics Strong Finish
Margaux Isaksen - London Olympics - Swimming event Modern Pentathlon

Margaux Isaksen Strong Olympic Finish
4th Place Modern Pentathlon

by Janusz Peciak

Margaux has had a rough year struggling with mononucleosis from January to May. She had outstanding performance in Olympic Modern Pentathlon competition. Her performance was one of those bittersweet moments, having just missed out on a bronze by a few seconds. She started fencing not so well with 4 victories 5 defeats.Then the longer she fence the better she fenced. She beat all strong fencers like Rublewska, Caze, Toth, Kovatch. She fished strong 4 place .

Then Margaux swam 2:18 about 2 second from her the best. After two events she held 4th place.

Before riding we were very optimist she has a shot.
She had drawn the same horse as Dona Vakkalis from Canada, whose riding was a disaster only 844 with 3 refuses. She knew it would not be easy especially that Vakalis is a good rider. I told her she has to go strong and do not allow horse to refuse. It was gamble for medal. Unfotunatly horse had 2 knock downs too much. We knew that will be hard to be in top 3.

In the combined event, she started a very good first round with only one miss. In one moment she was on 3 position. Second shooting was not so good, so she lost a ground to Marques because she spent over 20 seconds on the shooting range. On last lap she shot again very well, only 12 seconds. She was coming closer and closer to Marques. Only 2 seconds separated Margaux from the medal.

How many 20-year-olds can say, "I'm the fourth best person in the entire world at what I do". I was especially proud of how Margaux handled the whole mono situation. That should be a valuable lesson to her going forward because she will face similar injuries and illnesses in the future. She did a great job in overcoming some significant post-mono physical and psychological challenges. To finish 4th in the Olympics on top of that is really amazing.



Margaux Isaksen Rides - Olympic Modern Pentathlon


Margaux Isaksen Rides in Olympic Modern Pentathlon




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Isaksen Crowned 2011 Modern Pentathlon CHAMPION of CHAMPIONS!

Margaux Isaksen - Crowned Champion of Champions, Modern Pentathlon

Congratulations Margaux!


Margaux Isaksen - Champion of Champions, Modern Pentathlon Italia


Margaux Isaksen, Champion of Champions, Modern Pentathlon Itialia

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The recently crowned Pan American Champion overcame the field of 18 champions to win by over 30 seconds ahead of a lightning quick Laura Asadauskaite (LTU) who pulled away from Iryna Khokhlova (UKR) to grab silver, so Khokhlova had to settle for bronze. Isaksen started the 1st Champion of Champions in this format brilliantly, blowing the fencing field away to finish 6 victories ahead of the rest. A 6th place swim and only 3 knock downs in the ride meant she had a 30 second lead heading into the combined event. The 2008 Youth A World Champion only grew this lead in the run & shoot and was never in danger of losing the gold. A delighted Isaksen who produced the best performance of her career stated after the event: “I am so happy! I had a very disappointing year and to come back to win the Pan American Champions and now this is unbelievable. The Champion of Champions is a fantastic concept and I hope it is here to stay. In winning, Isaksen matched the performance of her coach Januez Peciak who won the 1st ever Champion of Champions in the old format in 1975. “It is so special for me to match Januez’s performance.” Stated Isaksen. “He is my inspiration for competing and I couldn’t have done it without him.” Asadauskaite started the combined event in 9th position and quickly moved to the silver medal position on the back of her impressive running. She stated after: “I knew I was quick enough to come back from 9th place to get a medal as I have done it before. I am very happy to win this silver medal, it is a great way to finish my comeback year after having my 1st child. I made it hard for myelf having a false start in the swim which cost me 40 points (10 seconds in the combined event), however I still would not have caught Margaux! I loved this competition and I loved competing on the streets in front of the general public.” The 2011 World Military Games Champion Khokhlova who battled hard to claim the bronze stated: “This medal means a lot to me. It was fantastic having the combined event conducted in the centre of the city, so many people came to watch which made an electric atmosphere. In the combined I ran a lot of the way with Asadauskaite which made me go faster to keep up with her. I knew I had a strong enough run to overcome the 4th place Kovacs for the bronze.” World Champion Victoria Tereshuk (UKR) was not at her world beating form today, however she still finished a respectable 6th just behind the event favourite and Olympic Champion Lena Schoneborn (GER) who finished 5th behind Junior World Champion Sarolta Kovacs (HUN) who just missed out on a medal in 4th.

Margaux Isaksen, Champions of Champions, Modern Pentathlon


USA modern pentathlete Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) dominated the field to emerge the 2011 Champion of Champions in Sicily, Italy on Saturday in front of a packed crowd in the picturesque central streets of Sicily. The recently crowned Pan American Champion overcame the field of 18 champions to win by over 30 seconds ahead of a lightning quick Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania who pulled away from Ukraine's Iryna Khokhlova to grab silver. Khokhlova held on for bronze. Isaksen started the day by blowing away the fencing field with 27 victories, more than six better than the next competitor. A 6th place swim and only three knock downs in the ride meant she had a 30 second lead heading into the combined event. The 2008 Youth A World Champion shot consistently well to stretch her and was never in danger of losing the gold. "I am so happy," said a delighted Isaksen about the best performance of her career. "I had a very disappointing year and to come back to win the Pan American Games and now this is unbelievable. The Champion of Champions is a fantastic concept and I hope it is here to stay." In winning, Isaksen matched the performance of her coach Janusz Peciak who won the 1st ever Champion of Champions in 1975. "It is so special for me to match Janusz's performance," stated Isaksen. "He is my inspiration for competing and I couldn't have done it without him." Junior World Champion Sarolta Kovacs of Hungary placed fourth followed by Olympic champion Lena Schoneborn of Germany and world champion Victoria Tereshuk of Ukraine.






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2011 GOLD Medal
Pan American Games

Bill Kellick October 15, 2011

Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) won the women's gold medal on Saturday at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Isaksen, 20, and a 2008 Olympian, made up a 20-second deficit on Brazil's Yane Marques in the day's final event, the combined run/shoot. Isaksen passed Marques on the second of three 1000-meter laps and coasted to victory with a 24-second lead. "I'd like to thank, first and foremost, my family back in Arkansas and my coach Janusz Peciak," said Isaksen. "Without them I wouldn't be anywhere." By virtue of her finish Isaksen earned a spot for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and will be on the U.S. team unless two American competitors pass her in the world rankings between now and the London Games. "It's such a relief," added Isaksen. "I'm really focusing on my training for next year. Nothing is certain until you are on the starting line but I'm really excited (to have qualified)."

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Margaux Isaksen - Wins Silver Medal Pan American Championships

Silver Medal for Margaux 2010 Pan American Championships Rio!

Margaux finshed the Pan American Championships with the Silver Medal in 2nd place behind Marques Yane from Brazil. Margaux had a good competition, she fenced 960 points, swam 2:19, rode with one knock down and won the run/shoot combined event.

Margaux Isaksen, Colorado Springs, Olympian winter parade

Senior World Championships - Chengdu, China

Margaux Isaksen and Iris Vlahoutsikou in Chengdu, China
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Will Brady and Margaux Isaksen, Mixed Relay, Chengdu, China

Bill Kellick September 05, 2010 - The U.S. tandem of Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) and Will Brady (Howell, Mich.) placed 7th in the mixed relay event on Sunday at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Chengdu, China. After a decent ride, the pair was in 9th position going into the combined event.

"I was quite nervous after yesterday (women's individual final)," said Isaksen. "I left 300 points on the table after the ride. I'm performing not only for myself today, but also for my teammate so I have a different kind of pressure. Like all the other girls, I'm pretty tired, but I performed much better in the fencing than I did in the individual."

Isaksen pulled out a great run in the combined event and moved the pair up to 5th position.

"My shooting was kind of rough, but I made up a lot on the running which is my strongest event," she said. "Of course I'm pretty disappointed because I think we had a good chance of a medal. But I really enjoyed it. I know Will enjoyed it too."

The U.S. team ended the day in 7th position among a strong field of 19 teams. The team from Poland won the mixed relay competition with Ukraine taking the silver medal and Lithuania claiming the bronze.

"I definitely gained experience," added Isaksen. "I always learn a lot from competing, how to handle different kinds of pressure or try out new moves as I'm pretty new to the sport. The horses were definitely difficult here, which is a shame because so many points can be dependant on the horse that you are drawn."


Michael Cintas and Janusz Peciak in Chengdu with Margaux Isaksen
Margaux in Chengdu, with Eq. Coach Michael Cintas, Luis LOC Aid and Coach Janusz Peciak

Janusz Peciak in Chengdu, China

"Margaux had fantastic combined event winning it at the world senior championships. Her shooting and running was great. She passed many top pentathletes incuding last year China World Champion Chen Qian. Over all she finished in 12th place, big improvement from London last year, when she finished in 17th place."

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Margaux Isaksen 2010 US Pentathlon National Champion

USOC 2010 - Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) ran away from the competition today as she took home the overall gold at the 2010 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships.

Isaksen led the competition through every event and was in prime form as she finished with a 1:06 minute lead in the combined events. She also took home the gold in the Junior Women division.

"It was a lot of pressure (to lead through all of the events)," Isaken said following her victory. "You can't slack off during any of these events and you always have to stay at the top of your game."

Reaching for Olympic Dreams
Drew Silverman, Red Line Editorial July 13, 2010

For any pentathlete, there is a moment at the beginning of their career — a moment that, in retrospect, can be quite comical.

For Margaux Isaksen, it was quite memorable too. It came about five years ago when her fencing coach, Neal Picken, introduced her to modern pentathlon. “I just remember thinking, ‘Wow, that is such a random combination of sports,’ ” Isaksen said. “About a year later, I completely fell in love with the sport. It’s so interesting. It’s five completely different sports that make a very unique combination of events.” Isaksen essentially began competing in all five sports — pistol shooting, epee fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping, and running — within a six-month span.

She first competed in modern pentathlon in 2006 and now says, “four years later, here I am!” Here she is: An 18-year-old with a résumé that includes national championships on both the junior and senior circuits and a youth world championship. Oh, and by the way, she was a U.S. Olympian in 2008 when she was barely old enough to drive. “I’m competing with people that have been doing this for 15 years,” Isaksen said. “They’re all much older than me. But hopefully with experience, I can continue to improve in all the events.”

The 14th-ranked pentathlete in the world, Isaksen is the second-youngest woman in the top 50 of the world rankings. The average age of the 13 women ranked ahead of her is 26. But Isaksen doesn’t view it as a matter of rookie vs. veterans. “I don’t know if (it’s about) overcoming my lack of experience,” she said. “My coach always tells me, ‘You’re so young. You’re gaining experience.’ And that’s what I tell myself every competition. At the same time, I’ve never really taken into consideration the fact that I’m younger than these people. I don’t care how old they are. I want to be the best at what I’m doing.” Even for the best athletes, though, modern pentathlon remains a low-profile sport.

As a result, there isn’t a lot of money in it for the competitors. Isaksen relies on the support of the U.S. Olympic Committee to be able to compete in the sport she loves. “The pentathlon as a whole is probably struggling more than most sports right now,” Isaksen said. “Because it’s small, it doesn’t get a lot of funding, and it’s not big in the U.S., it’s definitely struggling.” Isaksen currently receives a monthly stipend from the USOC, in addition to having her housing and meals paid for at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. “As an 18-year-old, I’m financially secure,” she acknowledged. But while the USOC gives her enough to compete — through the stipend and other expenses that are covered at the Olympic Training Center — she is hardly making a living.

“When you see the way that athletes get paid around the world — pentathletes in particular — it’s quite frustrating knowing that ultimately if I was trying to support my family or support myself outside of living at the OTC and having food, I don’t think it would be possible,’’ Isaksen said. “(The stipend) is fine, but results-based, I should be getting much more than I am.” When it comes to results, Isaksen’s promising career is off to a flying start. Her nearest compatriot in the world rankings is McKenzie West, ranked 128th.

Not bad for an athlete who was introduced to the sport less than five years ago. But while Isaksen has certainly come a long way since her days as a novice teenager in Arkansas, she admitted that 2010 has not been the best year for her. “This season for me has been quite rough,” she said. “I had a couple of competitions where I really questioned why I was doing this. Of course I’ve gotten over it and learned to push myself to become even stronger, but I’ve had to overcome that and pull myself back up.”

Despite grueling training sessions that often include four or five sports in one day, Isaksen never wanted to quit. “Ultimately, what I get to do on a daily basis is a privilege,” she said. “I push myself incredibly, incredibly hard, but I also have the opportunity to travel the world and meet new people and do what I love doing on a daily basis, which is something that not everyone gets to experience.” In the end, Isaksen credits her family for helping her to get to this point and her coach, Janusz Peciak, for fueling her improvement and, just as importantly, maintaining her motivation.

“The biggest obstacle for me was learning how to push myself, learning how to hurt. Because without that, you’re never going to be any good,” said Isaksen, who considers running and swimming her two strongest sports. “Learning to push yourself when you don’t want to go to practice at 6 o’clock in the morning is really what makes a champion.”

Of course, Isaksen can’t think about pentathlon every second of every day. In her spare time, she enjoys being in nature, grabbing coffee with friends and sometimes just sitting down with a good book by herself. Keep in mind, she is still a teenager — albeit one with Olympic dreams. “Anybody who says they don’t get burned out is lying, unless they’re Superman,” she said. “But you just have to overcome it and ultimately know that the goals you’re fighting towards are so very worth it.”

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2010 UIPM Senior World Championships
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