Esposito reflects on life-changing win

Published 16 September 2016 (AEDT)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Women's Modern Pentathlon Gold medalist Chloe Esposito of Australia poses during a portrait session on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. © 2016 Getty Images

RIO 2016: Plans for the defense of her Olympic title at the Tokyo Games in 2020 are on hold for Chloe Esposito as wedding bells are in the air.
Chloe is planning for her wedding to fiancé Matt Cooper in Sydney next February.

“I’m working as a casual at the moment in Events and Customer Service at the Sydney International Shooting Centre. I’ve got to save for the wedding,” she said.

“I’ve got Tokyo in my sights. But I’ll have a bit of a break first and then I’ll discuss with Daniel (her dad, and coach) and Max (brother) to see if we’ll do similar to what we did for Rio because it worked really well.”

“Max and dad are still overseas because Max is competing at the Junior Worlds. It’ll be weird when they come back on Monday. We haven’t all been in the same house for a long time. It’ll be nice to have us all back together.”

The Esposito family moved from Casula, on Sydney’s outskirts, to Budapest in Hungary to allow Chloe and Max to train for the Rio Games against stronger competition in Europe.

When Chloe crossed the line first at Rio and was crowned Olympic Champion against more fancied Europeans, she captured hearts all around Australia.

“I crossed the line and I thought every emotion possible,” Esposito said.

“I thought stuff you to some people who in Europe had doubted me. I thought about how I trained so hard for this.”

Despite a tough nine months battling injury where she missed World Cups and World Championship prior to the Games, Esposito’s final combined time of 12 minutes, 10.19 seconds earned her 1372 points and an Olympic record. It was a well-deserved reward for 10 years of training in the sport.

Max who had just turned 18 managed to finish in 7th place at his first Olympics.

Now three weeks on from receiving her gold medal, Chloe is ready to reflect on that life-changing moment and what it might mean for her modern pentathlon career.

“I spoke to a school today and it was the first time I had really thought about the impact of this. I was crying in front of the kids,” Esposito said with a laugh.

With modern pentathlon now having its moment under the sun, Esposito is keen to encourage the next generation of Olympians to take up the sport.
“I’ve had people saying they want to start modern pentathlon.

“It’d be awesome if more people took it up. At the moment there’s around 20 athletes, male and female, in Australia. If we had more athletes, we could have more local competitions.”

Her message to youngsters is to give it a shot, and you could just be the next Olympic gold medallist.

“Pentathlon is such a great sport. You’re not just training for one sport. You get to work with animals and fence against people.

“It’s the James Bond of sports.”

Annie Kearney
olympics.com.au

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