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Old 07-31-2012, 08:08 AM
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Wonderful for Zara and her teammates. Germany were certainties for the gold, and have been for years now. The real competition was for silver, so well done to the team.
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Not sure if it is raining at Greenwich but it is at Wimbledon so there is a possibility of a rain delay for individual jumping depending on how hard it rains and how long it rains.
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Great work for GB. At least they won a medal and Zara must be over the moon especially as this is her first time in the Olympics.
The medals will be presented by Princess Anne.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:42 AM
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Great work for GB. At least they won a medal and Zara must be over the moon especially as this is her first time in the Olympics.
The medals will be presented by Princess Anne.
That'll make it all the more special! Congrats to Zara!
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For the individual, Zara is out of the top 3 places.
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Zara finished 8th individually and of course has a silver medal from the team competition. She should be very pleased with her first Olympic Games. Very good results.
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She should be very pleased with her first Olympic Games. Very good results.
And probably only, giving that at the time of next Summer Olympic Games she will be already 35; it's a rather advanced age for a sportswoman.
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:26 PM
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Congratulations to Zara and the rest of the British equestrian eventing team on winning the silver medals. Well done.
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:27 PM
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And probably only, giving that at the time of next Summer Olympic Games she will be already 35; it's a rather advanced age for a sportswoman.
Not at all for an equestrian- many of the people competing are in their forties and fifties.

In fact, the more seasoned riders typically do better, and there's no reason to think Zara won't be back to the Olympics, perhaps even several times.
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And probably only, giving that at the time of next Summer Olympic Games she will be already 35; it's a rather advanced age for a sportswoman.
I disagree. Zara is only getting better as days pass. Mary King who rides for GB is older than Zara yet she is one of the best and she doesn't look like she is stopping anytime soon.
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And probably only, giving that at the time of next Summer Olympic Games she will be already 35; it's a rather advanced age for a sportswoman.
Not in equestrian sports. They remain competitive into their 50s and 60s.
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And probably only, giving that at the time of next Summer Olympic Games she will be already 35; it's a rather advanced age for a sportswoman.
Not really. Mary King who competed alongside Zara is 51, this was her sixth Olympics. Zara can ride for as long as she wants.
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BBC Sport - Olympic Equestrian: Princess Royal awards GB medals Princess Anne and Princess Haya presenting the medals and bouquets to the GB Team
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BBC Sport - Olympic Equestrian: Princess Royal awards GB medals Princess Anne and Princess Haya presenting the medals and bouquets to the GB Team
Are there any pictures available? The video in this article is "unavailable" in the US.
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Way to go Zara and Team GB!
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Congrats to ZARA and Team GB Wonderful news and how lovely and nice that Princess Anne give the medals
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:33 PM
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And probably only, giving that at the time of next Summer Olympic Games she will be already 35; it's a rather advanced age for a sportswoman.
Hardly. Zara is in fact the youngest member of her team. By the time of the next Olympics, she'll be 35 - and still younger than any of her team-mates now. Assuming Zara continues to deliver on the same level and has no issues with her horses, she will have 2-3 Olympics to compete in. If she emuliates Mary King, then there are at least 5 Olympics ahead of her.
- Zara is 31
- Nicola Wilson is 35
- Kristina Cook is 41
- William Fox-Pitt is 43
- Mary King is 51.


Germany's team is quite similar age-wise:
- Sandra Auffarth is the youngest at 25 (she won individual bronze too).
- Michael Jung turned 30 today (he won individual gold too).
- Ingrid Klimke is 44.
- Dirk Schrade is 34.
- Peter Thomsen is the same age as Mary King - 51.


Anyway, congratulations to Zara and Team GB! Fantastic achievement.
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Wasn't one of the riders who crashed out of the Cross Country making his Olympic debut in his 50s?

Zara could easily make the next 4 - 5 Olympics if she has good enough horses and keeps up her own personal desire - her father for instance first competed in 1972 and again in 1988 a span of 5 Olympics - although he didn't make the team in between - he was reserve in 1976 (in those days the teams consisted of four riders only not five as now).

The Aussies have often had an eventer in their 50s - Andrew Hoy for instance is 53 this year and rode very well and is considering continuing to Rio - meaning competing at 57.
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Congratulations to the German, British and New Zealand teams. The German team were never going to drop from the gold medal position, they were just too powerful.

Zara did very well to finish 8th in the individual competition ahead of some excellent riders (Mark Todd e.g.) and only a couple of places behind the two other British riders. High Kingdom is improving all the time and the result bodes well for her future.
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