Nathan Schrimsher was the first athlete to officially make the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.
Modern Pentathlon Beginnings
Born May 22, 1992 in Roswell, New Mexico. Growing up, Schrimsher’s parents required him to take swim lessons. His swim coach was Jan Olesinski, who represented Poland at the 1980 Olympics in modern pentathlon. Olesinski encouraged Schrimsher to give modern pentathlon a try, and he ended up falling in love with the sport.
Schrimsher qualified for the Olympics by finishing third at the 2015 Pan American Games.
Schrimsher represented Team USA at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010. He was paired with Cuba’s Leydi Laura Moya Lopez in the mixed relay competition. It was believed to be the first time an American and Cuban had teamed up in an Olympic-style event in decades. Schrimsher’s uniform from the competition is on display at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
He has a tattoo on his right shoulder that says “For You.” He said that it honors his heavenly father, as well as his earthly father, Keith, who died unexpectedly in March 2015.
“Everything I’ve done the last four years has been with the goal of making it to the Olympics. I haven’t let anything sidestep me from that.” -Nathan Schrimsher
Outside the Track
He is a member of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program.
His best friend is his brother, Lucas, who is also a pentathlete. They train together at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. When they return home to New Mexico, they hunt for duck and quail. They also enjoy downhill skiing, but decided to give it up until after Olympics in order to avoid injury.