Great Britain has done it. Silver in 3 Day Eventing, Gold in Team Jumping, Gold in Team Dressage.
Can't believe Great Britain beat Germany in team dressage. Germany has always ruled in dressage with my favorite rider Klaus Klimpke. I even had to buy a pair of spurs designed by him. Now I'll have to get British spurs. Just wish I could still ride. I haven't ridden dressage for quite a few years now.
Once again Congratulations.
We're almost in a state of olympic euphoria over here!
Can't believe how well our atlethete's are doing. Every medallist is saying how they feel the British crowds behind them!
A real 'WOW' factor for us 'stuff upper lip" types
(not that many of us are like that anymore lol)
Now if only we had the population of the US or China……….
And our greatest (quiet!) delight as how far the Aussies are behind! I haven't heard a peep from my Aussie Facebook friends for 2 weeks, and as you can imagine, they are usually quite loud!
I wish I could watch the Olympics. I loved them as a kid…but work has me missing every single event! But hey… glad somone is winning! (If this is the wrong flag I am sorry! )
Anyone have a total on Americas metal? I have no idea.
What an exciting jump-off for individual jumping. Switzerland with a clear round and a fast time, Cian O'Connor was going for it with no faults and ahead on time. On the last jump he was way under time and going for silver when he took the last jump too fast and down came the rail, 4 time faults and he gets the bronze with the silver going to Switzerland and Gold to Netherlands. Can Germany take gold in individual dressage or will Great Britain do it again?
In equestrian jumping each course has a time limit and for every second over ther is 1 time fault, for each jump where a rail is knocked down there are 4 faults, for each refusal from the horse there are 4 faults. If a horse refuses the jump twice the horse and rider are disqualified. In this case the rider from Netherlands had a clear round, no faults or time faults. The riders from Switzerland and Ireland finish with 1 time fault a piece so they were tied for silver. In this case there is a jump-off. In a jump-off There is no set time for the course so if each rider has a clear round the rider with the shortest time wins. The rider from Switzerland went first and had a clear round with a time just over 47 seconds. This forces the second rider to beat the time and have a clear round. Cian O'Connor was under the time but not knowing how far under he was he raced to the last fence but do to a longer stride he couldn't take off in the right place and took down a rail with his hind legs and lost the silver. I realy thought he was going to win and fell off my chair when the rail came down.
Now tomorrow will be the greatest horse show you could ever watch. The riders will test for dressage and will ride to a choreographed music. It's like dancing with a horse.
Kevin M. said
as of 10:35 Eastern Time 7/8/2012
WOW!!! And China is beating THAT!! CHINA must be doing well. Last I heard we had finally tied China, but I guess they managed to pull ahead again, huh? GO TEAM USA!!!
What an upset. A young rider, Charlotte Dujardin, 27 years old, on a young horse, Valegro, only 10 years old, Charlotte Dujardin wins Gold for Great Britain. Germany, Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill, came in forth. Netherlands, Adelinde Comellisen on Parzival, gets the silver and Great Britain, Carl Hester on Uthopia, the bronze. Stephen Peters on Ravel from USA tide for 7th with Germany rider Kristena Sprehe on Desperados.
Congrats Great Britain
I can't believe how many medals you have won. Great job with your athletes.
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