Personal Background

Name: Jacob Li
Date of Birth: July 2, 2007
Height: 5’4” (162 CM)
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
City of birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Residence: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Language(s) spoken: English, Mandarin

Sport-related Background

Head coach: Joshua Riker-Fox
Swim coach: Joshua Riker-Fox
Run coach: Joshua Riker-Fox, Darragh O’Malley
Riding coach: N/A
Fencing coach: Darragh O’Malley

Interview Questions

Why you love the sport of pentathlon?
I really enjoy pentathlon because of the opportunities it gives and the variety of sports compared to just one.
When you got involved in pentathlon and why?
I got involved in pentathlon in 2018 through a family friend.
How often do you train (per week or month)?
Around 16 hours
Of the five sports of pentathlon (fencing, swimming, equestrian, shooting and running), which do you consider your best?
Either running or fencing
What are your hobbies?
I like to code and play music including the piano and violin.
Do you participate in other sports?
I use to fence foil.
Are there any other athletes in your family?
My sister is a pentathlete and my brother is a waterpolo player
I am in high school now taking IB courses.
What career would you like to pursue or are you currently pursuing?
Possible something in business, computer or even medical.
I speak English and Mandarin at home and I am learning a little bit of Spanish.
Future goals (in sport & or work)?
My future goals include qualifying for the youth Pan-American championships and later the games.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced?
A big challenge I faced was making u17 standards last season. However, now I have all youth standards.
In the moments when I doubt that I want to continue, how do I motivate myself?
I try to remind myself of the possibilities of the future and what it may bring.
How has being an athlete benefited you (positive effects in your life that you would not have had otherwise)?
It has strengthen my health, endurance, motivation and perseverance.

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