Action Heroes Actor and Olympic Team Leader Dolph Lundgren inspires Pentathletes to run, jump, swim, shoot and parry for the Gold this Summer
by Mary Sutter, InStyle, July 1st, 1996
Lundgren is used to getting physical on- and off-screen. "I had done a lot of body building after I did Rocky IV," Lundgren continues, "but the pentathlon movie started me off doing sports again." In addition, it won him the friendship and admiration of the pentathletes who helped him train. They lobbied for his Olympic involvement. "Dolph trains like a madman," says Mike Gostigian, the top-ranked U.S. competitor. "He is an inspiration to us."
As the liaison between the United States Olympic Committee and the team, Lundgren is more likely to be pushing paper than pumping iron. The job entails such unglamorous duties as filling out forms, arranging housing and transportation, and ensuring that uniforms and equipment are in order. Until the games are over, Lundgren has taken a hiatus from his acting career and his domestic life, with one noteworthy exception. He returned to Sweden for the birth of his first child, Ida Sigrid, on April 29.
Another first is around the corner. On July 19, Lundgren will accompany the team as they circle the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremonies. They've already had a test run. "We looked up and there was not a soul there, but you still got that rush," he says. "When it's full of 80,000 people cheering, the President and other dignitaries, it will be an experience I am sure I won't forget." Audiences, even for an actor, don't get any better than that.