The Olympics draw to a close this weekend, and soon we shall all forget how excited we were about weird sporting events like the hammer throw, the trampoline, and synchronized swimming.
Two lawyers made a good showing today in one-of-those-sports-we-barely-knew-existed-but-now-we’re-really-excited-about: the men’s Modern Pentathlon! Lithuanian attorneys Andrejus Zadneprovskis and Edvinas Krungolcas won the silver and bronze medals.
These lawyers are well-rounded guys. The Modern Pentathlon is an all-day event that involves shooting, fencing, swimming, riding, and running. From Reuters:
Modern pentathlon was designed to simulate what a soldier delivering a message under duress would go through. Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Games, created it as a test of strength, technical ability, concentration and endurance….
The idea behind the sport is that a soldier is sent to deliver a message. He faces an enemy with a gun and shoots, then duels against others with a sword, swims across a river, rides an unfamiliar horse and then runs cross-country to his destination.
That’s impressive. If these two want to practice law in the States, Stoel might be interested in them, especially if they can throw some freestyle running into the mix.
P.S. It’s not just Lithuania that’s turning out lawyer-athletes; the United States is too. Fencer Sada Jacobson, who snagged a silver medal in the women’s individual sabre competition, is heading to law school in the fall, at the University of Michigan.
Russian Moiseev wins gold in men’s modern pentathlon [Reuters]
Upon Returning from Beijing, Fencing Champ Will Be Law School Bound [WSJ Law Blog]