Personal Background

Name: Christopher Rudolph
Date of Birth: September 16, 1996
Height: 6’4”
Hometown: Orangeville, ON
City of birth: Cowansville, QC
Residence: Orangeville, ON
University: Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec
Language(s) spoken: English and French

Sport-related Background

National team member status: 2019/2020
Head coach: Team Canada Coaches
Swim coach: David Li Fok Waï (University of Sherbrooke, Quebec), Miguel Vadillo (Ontario)
Run coach: Mary-Lou Butterfield (Sherbrooke, Quebec)
Riding coach: James Rudolph
Fencing coach: Daniel Coulombe

Interview Questions

Why you love the sport of pentathlon?
I love the sport of Pentathlon for its unique blend of skill, endurance, speed and power spread across all 5 sports while requiring the mental fortitude to tie it all together over the course of a competition.
When you got involved in pentathlon and why?
I got involved in Pentathlon through the Canadian Pony Club tetrathlon movement growing up. From there, I branched in UIPM Modern Pentathlon and haven’t looked back.
How often do you train (per week or month)?
I train 6 days a week, spending 3 to 4 hours a day across 2-3 sports.
Of the five sports of pentathlon (fencing, swimming, equestrian, shooting and running), which do you consider your best?
Coming from Pony Club, riding has always been my largest advantage. Years of experience in Equestrian eventing have prepared me for a broad array of challenges that courses pose.
What are your hobbies?
Some of my hobbies are board and video gaming during my off time from training and university
Do you participate in other sports?
Currently, I don’t do any other sports, however I have done eventing, soccer and Taekwondo in the past.
Are there any other athletes in your family?
My younger sister Georgia is a rider, swimmer and Pentathlete as well. Since I started Pentathlon, my father, who rides, has taken up fencing as well.
I am currently in my third year of university, completing a B.A. in Environmental studies and Geography at Bishop’s University.
What career would you like to pursue or are you currently pursuing?
My direction in the environmental studies field isn’t clear yet, but I do know that I want to continue being heavily involved in the development of Pentathlon as a sport in Canada.
Language(s) spoken:
English and I speak enough French to get by in Sherbrooke. Improving my French is another goal when I have some free time.
Future goals (in sport & or work)?
My goal is to reach my maximum potential and compete at the World Cup level. Finishing my degree and helping develop the new and flourishing Pentathlon community in Sherbrooke are other goals.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced?
Transitioning from high school life into the lifestyle of a full time university student and athlete was a difficult challenge. Time management can be an issue if I don’t focus, which was at its worst in my final year of high school.
In the moments when I doubt that I want to continue, how do I motivate myself?
When I doubt my will to continue, I remind myself of how far I’ve come as an athlete, and how much work has been put into it. My coaches, friends and family have all put so much work into helping me succeed and excel. Their belief in me helps me continue when my own faith falters.
How has being an athlete benefited you (positive effects in your life that you would not have had otherwise)?
Besides the obvious rewards of a healthy lifestyle, being an athlete has allowed me to travel and meet incredible people. All of my friends and coaches from the sport are incredible and inspiring people who have enriched my life.

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