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Avery Brundage

Avery Brundage was the fifth President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), serving from 1952 to 1972. The only American to attain that position, Brundage is remembered as a zealous advocate of amateurism and for his involvement with the 1936 and 1972 Summer Olympics, both held in Germany.

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Brian Horrocks

Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Gwynne Horrocks, was a British Army officer, chiefly remembered as the commander of XXX Corps in Operation Market Garden and other operations during the Second World War. He also served in the First World War and the Russian Civil War, was taken prisoner twice, and competed in the modern pentathlon at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Later he was a television presenter, wrote books on military history, and was Black Rod in the House of Lords for 14 years.


Jack Daniels

Jack Tupper Daniels is a professor of physical education at A.T. Still University and a coach of Olympic athletes. On March 21, 2013, he was named the head coach of the Wells College men's and women's cross country programs. He received his doctoral degree in exercise physiology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Named "The World's Best Coach" by Runner's World magazine, he led SUNY Cortland runners to eight NCAA Division III National Championships, 31 individual national titles, and more than 130 All-America awards. Daniels outlined his training philosophies in the 1998 book, Daniels' Running Formula. He mentors and coaches some of America's top distance runners in the country.


Heather Fell

Heather Fell is a former British modern pentathlete turned triathlete. She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, winning the silver medal in the women's modern pentathlon event.


Ernest N. Harmon

Major General Ernest Nason Harmon was a senior officer of the United States Army. He served in both World War I and World War II, being best known for his actions in reorganizing the 1st Armored Division after the debacle at the February 1943 Battle of Kasserine Pass during the Tunisia Campaign.


Boris Onishchenko

Boris Grigoryevich Onishchenko is a former Soviet modern pentathlete who competed at the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics. He was a multiple Olympic and world champion, but was disqualified for cheating at the 1976 Summer Olympics and banned for life from sports.


Chloe Esposito

Chloe Esposito is an Australian shooter and modern pentathlon competitor. She competed at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in the 10 m air pistol. She represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the modern pentathlon and won the gold medal in the same event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall

Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall is a Swedish modern pentathlete who caused the disqualification of the Swedish team at the 1968 Summer Olympics for alcohol use. Liljenwall was the first athlete to be disqualified at the Olympics for drug use, following the introduction of anti-doping regulations by the International Olympic Committee in 1967. Liljenwall reportedly had "two beers" to calm his nerves before the pistol shooting event. The Swedish team eventually had to return their bronze medals.

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Gotthard Handrick

Gotthard Handrick was a German Olympic athlete and German fighter pilot during the Spanish Civil War and World War II.


Samantha Murray

Samantha Murray is an English modern pentathlete. She won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships. In 2014, she won individual gold and team silver medals at the 2014 World Championships.


Andrei Gheorghe

Andrei Gheorghe is a Romanian-born Guatemalan modern pentathlete. He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


Natalya Coyle

Natalya Coyle is an Irish athlete who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics in the modern pentathlon.


John Hewitt

John Alfred Hewitt was a British modern pentathlete. He competed at the 1952 Summer Olympics. A Captain in the Royal Marines, Hewitt married Shirley, daughter of a London dental surgeon living in Devon. Their son is James Hewitt, former Major in the Life Guards and media personality, known for his relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales.


Joe Choong

Joseph Choong is a British modern pentathlete. He won the gold medal in the event at the 2020 Summer Olympics.


Danny Nightingale

Robert Daniel "Danny" Nightingale is a British modern pentathlete and Olympic champion.