Taormina One Step Closer to Making History
Sheila Taormina (Livonia, Mich./Colorado Springs, Colo.) moved one step forward to her dream of making sports history by becoming the first woman to qualify for the Olympic Games in three different sports when she place ninth in the final of the 2007 World Modern Pentathlon Championships in Berlin, Germany. Her performance gained her valuable points on the world ranking list which is the final determination for Olympic qualifying.
Taormina has already competed in the Olympic Games in the sports of swimming and triathlon. She won a gold medal in swimming at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., swimming the third leg of the 800m freestyle relay. She finished sixth and 23rd, respectively, in the triathlon at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Taormina’s top modern pentathlon World Cup performance came in March 2007 when she won the silver medal at World Cup #2 in Cairo, Egypt.
Taormina posted a total score of 5,436 total modern pentathlon points to finish ninth. Michelle “Mickey” Kelly (Chatham, N.Y./Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) and Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo./Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Air Force) both finished in 29th place in the finals. Kelly and Bremer each earned a berth to the 2008 Olympic Games with their performances at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July.