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30 Aug 2010

Modern Pentathlon at the Youth Olympic Games makes history

by IOC Young Reporter, Kimiya Shokoohi

When young athletes Nathan Schrimsher from the USA and Leydi Laura Moya Lopez of Cuba met in Argentina a couple months ago for the Youth Olympic Games qualifiers, they didn't think much of it. They took a couple photos. They went on their way. Then, in Singapore, they made history.

The duo was chosen at random as a team for the girls ...and boys mixed relay that wrapped up modern pentathlon competition at the Singapore Sports School. The pairing is widely believed to be the first time in decades that athletes from the two nations have teamed up.

Nathan said, “It's the people. I really don't know all the politics and stuff. The people – we're all the same.” Nathan and Leydi finished 16 of 24. “She doesn't speak much if any English. I don't speak any Spanish. But,” he said, “we got along really well...we both do speak pentathlon.”

Leydi, the gold medalist in the girls' individual pentathlon competition a few days ago, sounded a similar note. She said, “Sports are sports.”

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