Col. Guy Troy went from West Point to the Olympics

Although Col. Guy Troy, U.S. Army (retired), was a late bloomer as a modern pentathlon athlete, it did not keep him from winning a gold medal in the very first Pan American Games in 1951 in Buenos Aires. It wasn’t lost on Troy that another Armored Army officer finished fifth overall in the same sport in the 1912 Olympics at Stockholm. That soldier’s name was George S. Patton.

“Having served as a Cavalry Platoon Leader in Europe, I would have been happy if the Army had sent me directly to the Korean War from Buenos Aires after the Pan-Am Games. Instead, they sent me to West Point to form and recruit a modern pentathlon team and start training for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki,” Troy said.

Here are the Pentathlon events: Fencing, pistol shooting, 200-meter freestyle swim, 4,000-meter horseback ride with 25 jumps and 4,000-meter cross country run.

During Olympic tryouts, player/coach Troy did well his first two days. “I was first in fencing, second in shooting and sixth in swimming. I was about six years older than most of the runners and came in eighth. My wheels did not run off in the horseback competition, but my horse did — she fell about halfway to the finish line.”

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