Originally Posted by Mirabel
A silver medal is an excellent accomplishment...but yes, I do think perhaps they were a bit disappointed.
(I think this because afterwards Mrs. Fox-Pitt said sadly that the gold medal was there for the taking.
The impression she gave was that the team just fell a bit short; of course the press emphasized a few mistakes by Zara.
I think Zara was being harder on herself than anyone. After she jumped she was clearly disappointed, feeling that she'd let the team down a little bit. Zara didn't just clip one of the fences, she more or less rammed through it, and I got the feeling that mistake is the type that Zara felt she shouldn't have made given her experience and ability.
In the end, they were only 2 fences behind the Germans who had been expected to blow the field away. I think the frustration was in coming so close but failing to win the gold because of a couple of fairly basic errors (not just Zara's. William Fox-Pitt, who's the no.1 eventer in the world, couldn't get around the cross country section on time which was very surprising).