Eli was born in New Hampshire, but his family moved when he was only an infant to Colorado. He grew up riding horses and loved swimming on the local Falfins swim team. He eventually excelled in swimming, setting many records, several of which are still in place today. Although he swam for Rampart High School, Eli attended Lewis- Palmer High School in Monument, and became a standout cross-country runner there.

Eli attended college at the United States Air Force Academy, where he lettered in NCAA Division I Swimming and Fencing. Shortly after his graduation and commissioning, Eli was assigned to the Air Force’s World Class Athlete Program and permitted to train pentathlon fulltime. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Cami, at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

During the 2000-2004 timeframe, Eli established himself as a rising star in the sport of pentathlon, winning Nationals in 2002 and placing 3rd in 2001 and 2003. Eli and Cami were married in August 2003, and Eli continued his pursuit of competing in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. But an untimely broken foot ended his 2004 Olympic hopes. The silver lining was that Eli was hired by NBC to help produce the shooting event at the 2004 Olympics. While at the Olympics, Eli was recruited to provide on-air commentary for the modern pentathlon event.

The US Air Force allowed Eli to return to full-time training in late 2005. The fruits of his labor quickly became apparent when he won PanAmerican Championships in 2005 and 2006, qualified for finals in four of the six World Cups in 2006, and won the 2006 US Open Championships. He then qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games by winning a Gold Medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio.

Eli enjoys spending time with his wife Cami and two cats, Scratchy and Princess Fiona (RIP Itchy). He loves watching Scrubs, Law and Order, Whale Wars, Fox News Channel and anything on the History Channel. Eli and Cami are active members of Mountain Springs Church, where they led the Young Married’s Small Group for its first six years.

Professionally, Eli keeps busy speaking to groups that hire his company, 5RingInsight. As a Major in the Air Force Reserves, he also reports periodically to Robins AFB in Warner, Robins, GA.

Pentathlon Background

  • 2008 World Cup Final Bronze Medalist
  • 2008 Olympic Team
  • 2007 Pan American Games Gold Medalist
  • 9-time World Team Member (2001-2003 and 2005-2010)
  • 2-time US National Champion (2002, 2006)
  • 3-time Pan American Champion (2005-2007)
  • 3-time Bronze US Nationals Bronze Medalist
  • 12-time finalist on World Cup Circuit
  • 2-time World Cup Final Qualifier (2006, 2008)
  • 2003 NORCECA Champion
  • 3-time Junior World Team Member
  • Junior National Champion 1998
  • Runner-up for US Olympic Committee Athlete of the Month, July 2006
  • Athlete rep to USAP Board, 2005

Other Sports Experience

  • Two letters in swimming at USAF Academy
    • Qualified for WAC conference championships
    • Qualified for NCAA nationals on relay
  • Two letters in fencing at USAF Academy
    • Qualified for NCAA Regional Championships
    • Team captain 1999-2000

Professional

  • Owner, founder of successful corporate training company, 5Ring Insight
  • Major in US Air Force Reserves
    • Air Force World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) 2005-2008
    • Peterson AFB, SMC Det 11 Contracting, 2004-2005
    • Air Force WCAP, 2001-2004
    • Schriever AFB Contracting, 2000-2001
    • Robins AFB, Contracting, 2008-present

Sports-Related

  • NBC Olympic Color Commentator for Pentathlon, August 2004
  • Resident Athlete Counsel at USOTC, 2001-2003

Education

  • BS Economics US Air Force Academy, Class of 2000
  • Masters, Business Administration, UCCS 2006
  • MPM Candidate, George Washington University

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