Espositos aim at Rio family reunion
26 Oct 2015
Siblings Chloe and Max Esposito have launched preparations for the 2016 Olympics with a week-long training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, but they’re aiming for a full family reunion in Rio next year.
Chloe, 23, and Max, 18, were the first Australians selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics and are targeting the country’s first medals in the sport of modern pentathlon.
Chloe and Max are coached by their father, Daniel, a 1984 Olympian in modern pentathlon. But they also hope to be joined in Rio by their sister, Emily, 21, who represented Australia in pistol shooting at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will contest qualifiers in April.
“It’d be amazing if all three of us could go [to Rio], walking to the opening ceremony all together, it’s something I dream of,” Chloe said. “It’d be really nice, especially having dad there too as coach, it’d be the best.”
In Australia, the Esposito family carries the flag for modern pentathlon. It is a combination of five sports: swimming, running, pistol shooting, fencing and horse riding. It requires a holistic approach to training, which prompted the Espositos to visit the AIS in Canberra.
“We’ve come to the AIS for a training camp for a week, just to get a lot of check-ups to see everything’s right: physio, massage, see the doctor, the dietician,” Chloe said. “It’s just nice having [facilities] really close together and having that nice support here.”
The Espositos spend the bulk of the year living and training in Hungary, where they can get more exposure to modern pentathlon.
Chloe finished seventh at the 2012 London Olympics, while she believes younger brother Max could be a surprise contender for a medal in Rio.
“I’m not putting any pressure on myself,” Chloe said. “I’ve learned a lot from London and things I can improve on. “Now, with the help from the AIS, they’ve given me a lot more information to help me go better in Rio.
“What you see is what you get with Max, he’s very relaxed, cool and calm at competitions … if he takes that attitude into Rio, I think he will surprise a lot of people.”
The pair admit they would not have known about modern pentathlon if not for their father’s history in the sport, but they are now pushing each other to succeed.
“Chloe’s a big influence because she helps me with training, she pushes me to my best and she gives me little tips because I’m not as experienced as her,” Max said.
“I think just making Rio is a big thing for me. Dad always sets little goals for me and if I stick to those goals then hopefully I have a chance of being on the podium.
“Probably if I have kids I would introduce them to the sport of modern pentathlon so the history can keep going on.”