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Old 08-09-2012, 09:55 AM
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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).
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:02 PM
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Not sure if this is the best place, but since there is a picture of Zara & 3 of her team mates in there I'll post it here.
Moderators please feel free to move it, if you consider it more appropriate somewhere else.

Zara Phillips leaves Shoreditch House with her heels in her hands after a night of partying | Mail Online
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