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Shoot, fence, swim, jump, run

Updated: May 3, 2004, 11:46 AM ET
By Jeff Merron | Page 2

EDITOR'S NOTE: As part of Page 2's series on Athleticism and Sports Degree of Difficulty, we assigned several of our writers to experience first-hand the difficulty -- or ease -- of competing with and against elite athletes in a number of sports. In this second installment, Jeff Merron tries the modern pentathlon.

"The philosopher lacks in specialized sciences but is good in all other social functions and expressions, and that is why he is the best among the educated, as is the pentathlete ...

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