My name is Samantha Achterberg and I was born in Littleton, Colorado and am now training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for the sport of Modern Pentathlon. Modern Pentathlon consists of epee fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping, running, and shooting. I grew up doing a multitude of sports that led me into modern pentathlon about 6 years ago and I was hooked and began to learn more about the sport and start training full time.
Since starting pentathlon in 2010, I have been a five time National and World Team member, a two time USA National Champion, and am ranked in the top 35 women’s modern pentathlon athletes in the world. I am aiming for qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
These accomplishments came as no easy task as I have struggled a lot with overuse injuries, muscle tears and strains, stress fractures, and hip surgery a few years ago. Since then I have really took it into my hands to find other ways that I can improve my training and mental side of my sports. With so many sports to train for I have really had to improve the way I look at my training, recovery, and mental side of sports. I believe that floating can be a huge benefit to gaining recovery as well as then mental edge that is needed for athletes of all kinds! I am also a certified Pilates instructor and am working towards a degree in Business Administration with a concentrating in health service management alongside my training.