2004 Athens Olympic Games - SHOWJUMPING by Miscellaneous

2004 Athens Olympic Games - SHOWJUMPING

In the team competition, Germany once again swept all before them as they won their third consecutive Olympic team gold medal, proving to be a class apart. USA and Sweden jumped off for the minor placings after Beezie Madden (USA) jumped her third clear round at the Games. They finished in that order, Sweden winning their first Olympic medal in the discipline since 1928.

In the individual competition, Olaf Petersen's two courses were worthy of an Olympic final. Of the forty-five who qualified, only Nick Skelton (GB) and Jessica Kuerten (IRL) jumped clear in the first round.

In the final round, the form book was turned upside down by Clan O'Connor (IRL), who rode a rejuvenated Waterford Crystal to a brilliant clear to remain on his four fault score. He then watched as both Nick Skelton (GBR) and team mate Jessica Kuerten (IRL) came to grief to drop out of the medals. This allowed Podrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Chris Kappler (USA) to jump-off for the silver and bronze, only for Kappler's horse Royal Kaliber to Breakdown during his round. Kappler, however, was the only rider to win two showjumping medals at these games.

Comprehensive highlights of all rounds are included in this two-hour review.

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DRESSAGE - Competition

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