U.S. Olympic athlete and pentathlon competitor Dennis Bowsher, 29, grew up swimming, but soon realized that, when it came to athletics, he was too well-rounded to limit himself to one sport.

“I kind of reached the point in my swimming career where I wasn’t hitting times that I needed to do to help fulfill that Olympic dream. But I was pretty talented in other stuff just as an all-around athlete,” Bowsher told Uinterview in our exclusive video interview with him. “That’s what you need for the sport of modern pentathlon is to be able to do decent at a lot of events.”

It’s also important to have the right diet for all of those events, so, unlike a lot of athletes who watch every morsel of food that goes into their mouths during training, Bowsher just wories about whether or not he’s getting enough. “The cool thing with our sport is, since we’re burning 4,000 to 5,000 calories a day, there’s no real limit on what we can eat. So if I go out and have pizza for dinner, there’s no guilt whatsoever. If I have ice cream once in a while it’s no problem. But I always make sure I get all the vitamins and minerals that I need to help my body perform and make sure it’s working 100% all the time,” he told us.

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EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Olympic Decathlon Athlete Trey Hardee’s Weight Room Routine

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison On The Perfect Win

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Olympic Volleyball Player Jennifer Kessy On Trying Out Swimming

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Olympic Water Polo Captain Betsey Armstrong Talks Returning To Olympics

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian: ‘It’s And Honor’ To Swim Team USA

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Olympics Swimmer Brendan Hansen Lost His Olympic Gold Medal

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Olympic Diver Cassidy Krug Describes The Perfect Dive

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Olympic Volleyball Player Lindsey Berg Is ‘Honored’ To Be Named Captain

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