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Silver celebrations for the US squad!

Monday, 09 August 2021
Tokyo Olympic Games

After a bit of an unlucky start to the Olympic Games, where none of the American riders made it to the individual final, they came back strong for the team competition – battling it out with Sweden for the gold medal. In the end Sweden won the gold, and USA the silver – with all six horse-and-rider combinations delivering tremendous clear jump-off rounds. 

For Jessica Springsteen, this was her first Olympic Games – and her first medal as a senior rider. Here she is congratulated by Nick Skelton – himself an Olympic Champion. 

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. No reproduction of these images is permitted. 

At the World Equestrian Games in 2019, Mclain Ward had his protégé Adrienne Sternlicht with him on the podium for the team gold medal, this time it was Jessica Springsteen next to Laura Kraut. The American legends are making sure to pass on their knowledge to the younger generation. 

Last piece of advice before the jump-off from Robert Ridland to Laura Kraut.

All smiles after a clear round from Baloutinue.

Nick Skelton was busy with Laura Kraut and Jessica Springsteen going after each other in the jump-off for USA...

...but was nevertheless there on time to give advice to Springsteen.

Clear round for Springsteen and Don Juan van de Donkhoeve. 

Mclain Ward looking as cool as ice as he heads for the ring with Contagious...

...with Lee McKeever following!

Contagious and Ward delivered a fantastic jump-off for USA, with the fastest round of the three team members. 

Laura Kraut waiting for Peder Fredricson to do his round as the last man in the ring with All In...

With the silver secured, Kraut got a hug from Sweden's reserve rider Rolf-Göran Bengtsson who has been of great support to his team mates in Tokyo.

All the emotions!

And finally... On the way to their medals! Mclain Ward and Contagious, Jessica Springsteen and Don Juan van de Donkhoeve as well as Laura Kraut and Baloutinue.

Josie Eliasson, Virginie Casterman and Margo Thomas.

Baloutinue and Margo Thomas.

Don Juan and Josie Eliasson.

Contagious and Virginie Casterman.



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