Though the modern pentathlon has been part of the Olympics for more than 100 years, it remains a sport that operates in relative obscurity.
But the event's most famous Olympic entrant is anything but obscure.
U.S. Army Gen. George S. Patton competed in the 1912 Olympics in St ockholm, Sweden. And if not for Patton's famous bravado, he might have brought home a medal.
As it were, he finished fifth.
According to legend, Patton used his .38-caliber sidearm instead of the standard .22-caliber in the shooting portion of the competition. The holes in the target created by the .38-caliber rounds were so big that some of Patton's later shots passed right through the same holes. But the judges ruled those shots had missed the target completely.
Helen Patton, the general's granddaughter, was the keynote speaker during opening ceremonies at the Pentathlon World Cup in Palm Springs in February.