In case you missed any of the action from the eventing portion of the Rio Olympic Games, here is a re-cap of each day of competition. Journalist Erin Gilmore was on-site to bring you the daily inside scoop during this exciting Games!
The first day of competition in Rio kicked off with some serious scores from the world’s best rides, but ultimately Great Britain’s shining star William Fox-Pitt and the talented stallion Chilli Morning led the field with a 37.0. To add a bit of drama to the atmosphere, a stray bullet was found in the equestrian media center, though thankfully, no one was hurt.
The top of the leaderboard held steady through the second day, with the scores remaining relatively unchanged. The U.S. team posted some solid scores to claim the sixth place team position heading into cross-country day. And speaking of cross-country, find out what the riders thought about the challenging course.
Cross-country day proved as dramatic as everyone anticipated, with some of the world’s best riders finding trouble. Though the leaderboard had quite a shake-up, thankfully no serious horse or rider injuries were reported. Sadly, the U.S. team didn’t have the outing they’d hoped, though team riders Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin churned out solid rounds for a chance at individual medals. Read on to hear out the inside buzz on all the action!
The crowd was on the edge of their seats throughout the final day of the eventing at Rio, with every rail so important to team and individual standings. As the rails fell, the places shuffled dramatically, and ultimately we saw the returning champion re-claim his gold medal and cheered as an American made it to the podium.