Olympian has Cassville ties

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wildcat alumna to cheer on grandson

Like many Americans, once every four years, eyes are glued to the Olympic games as people everywhere unite behind the athletes who proudly wear the Red, White and Blue.

For most, the only connection to the athletes is the living in the same country. This year, however, Cassville has a bit closer connection.

On Saturday, Nathan Schrimsher, of Roswell, N.M., will represent the USA in the modern pentathlon.

Schrimsher is the grandson of Sue Robb, a 1953 alumna of Cassville and a nearly 20-year counselor for the district who retired in 2004 and now resides in Warrenesburg.

The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five different events: fencing, 200-meter freestyle swimming, show jumping and a final combined event of pistol shooting and a 3,200-meter cross-country run.

"It's been an exciting run," Robb said. "It is a great honor just to qualify for the Olympic team. You can bet I'll be watching on Saturday."

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