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Countdown to Rio: Looking back at the Olympic Games in London | Part one

Friday, 05 August 2016
Countdown to Rio

As we count down for the showjumping to start in Rio, we take a look back at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the medalists four years ago. Lets start with the British team of Scott Brash, Peter Charles, Ben Maher and Nick Skelton that won team gold. All photos (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Big Star has not been seen that much since the last Olympics, but the stallion made it back into top shape for Rio and on to the team. Lets hope Nick Skelton will smile just as big this time around!
Big Star has not been seen that much since the last Olympics, but the stallion made it back into top shape for Rio and on to the team. Lets hope Nick Skelton will smile just as big this time around!

Ben Maher rode Tripple X III for the winning team. Later the stallion was sold, and this time around he will compete with Canada's Tiffany Foster in the saddle.
Ben Maher rode Tripple X III for the winning team. Later the stallion was sold, and this time around he will compete with Canada's Tiffany Foster in the saddle.

Netherlands took the team silver medal in London; here Gerco Schröder with the aptly named London together with Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehrens. Gerco and London are also on the Dutch team this year, but as reserves.
Netherlands took the team silver medal in London; here Gerco Schröder with the aptly named London together with Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehrens. Gerco and London are also on the Dutch team this year, but as reserves.

Great Britain's Peter Charles with Vindicate W, that later on was sold to Jessica Springsteen.
Great Britain's Peter Charles with Vindicate W, that later on was sold to Jessica Springsteen.

Jur Vrieling and Bubalu were a part of the Dutch silver team back in 2012, and Jur will also compete on the Dutch team in Rio - this time with Zirocco Blue as Bubalu got retired in 2015.
Jur Vrieling and Bubalu were a part of the Dutch silver team back in 2012, and Jur will also compete on the Dutch team in Rio - this time with Zirocco Blue as Bubalu got retired in 2015.

Pure happiness for Scott Brash with Sanctos! Unfortunately these two will not be in Rio as Sanctos picked up a minor injury, and was not able to get back in competition form for the Games.
Pure happiness for Scott Brash with Sanctos! Unfortunately these two will not be in Rio as Sanctos picked up a minor injury, and was not able to get back in competition form for the Games.

All smiles for Kamal Bahamdan, being on the Saudi Arabian team that took the bronze medal.
All smiles for Kamal Bahamdan, being on the Saudi Arabian team that took the bronze medal.

Happy Dutch boys! Maikel van der Vleuten, Gerco Schröder and Marc Houtzager.
Happy Dutch boys! Maikel van der Vleuten, Gerco Schröder and Marc Houtzager.

And a very happy Peter Charles.
And a very happy Peter Charles.

The Saudi team that took the bronze: Kamal Bahamdan, HRH Prince Abdullah Al Saud, Ramzy Al Duhami and Abdullah Al Sharbatly.
The Saudi team that took the bronze: Kamal Bahamdan, HRH Prince Abdullah Al Saud, Ramzy Al Duhami and Abdullah Al Sharbatly.

The Dutch with the silver: Maikel van der Vleuten, Jur Vrieling, Marc Houtzager, Gerco Schröder and Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehrens.
The Dutch with the silver: Maikel van der Vleuten, Jur Vrieling, Marc Houtzager, Gerco Schröder and Chef d'Equipe Rob Ehrens.

The golden team: Peter Charles, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Nick Skelton.
The golden team: Peter Charles, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Nick Skelton.

The individual bronze medal went to Cian O'Connor riding Blue Loyd, that Cian bought from Norwegian Nina Braaten at the end of 2011 and then sold on at the end of 2012.
The individual bronze medal went to Cian O'Connor riding Blue Loyd, that Cian bought from Norwegian Nina Braaten at the end of 2011 and then sold on at the end of 2012.

Gerco Schröder and London took the individual silver medal. London went on to be sold at an online auction in 2014, but thanks to new sponsors Gerco got to keep the ride and the two were kept together for yet another Olympics.
Gerco Schröder and London took the individual silver medal. London went on to be sold at an online auction in 2014, but thanks to new sponsors Gerco got to keep the ride and the two were kept together for yet another Olympics.

Steve Guerdat and Nino de Buissonets won the gold medal after some impressive jumping. The two will defend their title in Rio.
Steve Guerdat and Nino de Buissonets won the gold medal after some impressive jumping. The two will defend their title in Rio.

The individual medalists!
The individual medalists!

A picture that says more than a 1000 words!
A picture that says more than a 1000 words! Steve, Nino and Heidi.

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