While the above title is usually given to the Olympic Decathlon winner, I do not believe that it is correct. I believe that the winner of the Modern Pentathlon is more deserving of the title.
The decathlete competes in ten various Track & Field events. The pentathlete competes in five totally different sports.
- a Swimming event -- 200 meter freestyle
- a Fencing event -- epee
- a Track event -- 3000 meter cross-country run
- a Marksmanship event -- pistol shooting
- an Equestrian event -- show jumping on an unfamiliar horse
Unfortunately the Modern Pentathlon does not get much "Western" notice because it has been dominated by Eastern European nations . . . and some want to see it dropped from the Olympics.
I, as a Wargamer, say that an emphatic "NO" to that. Don't you?