Great Britain Announces Equestrian Teams for Tokyo Olympics 2021
With the Tokyo Olympics 2021 nearing, countries are announcing their teams for every event. For equestrian, this year’s games has the potential to be the most entertaining. With the US announcing their eventing and dressage teams, Great Britain also announced their equestrian teams this week.
Star athletes join dressage squad for Tokyo Olympics 2021
Great Britain’s dressage team features some solid star power ahead of their toughest test. Two of their team members aren’t just former Olympians, but two of the absolute best in the sport. The dressage squad includes Charlotte Dujardin CBE and Carl Hester MBE.
Dujardin is the most decorated British dressage rider in history, winning gold at the Rio and London Olympics. At 35, not only does she have a long career ahead of her, she’s a pioneer in the field and a guaranteed equestrian Hall of Famer. She will compete in her third Olympic Games and will aim to win a medal in dressage for the third consecutive time.
GB equestrian team for Tokyo Olympics announced on Monday morning. Across the disciplines, names like Dujardin, Hester, Townend, Canter, Maher, Brash should spearhead an exceptionally-powerful line-up.
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Joining Dujardin is Carl Hester, another legend of the sport. At 53, Hester enters his fourth Olympic Games, first competing in 1992. Hester won gold in the Team Dressage event at the 2012 Olympics and bronze in Rio. In Tokyo, he will aim to clinch another medal to add to his incredible collection.
Dressage riders that could join them will be former medal winners, Fiona Bigwood, Richard Davison, Emile Faurie, Charlotte Fry, Gareth Hughes, Susan Pape and Laura Tomlinson.
Eventing Squad heading to Tokyo
The eventing squad‘s star player is Rosalind Canter, the 2018 Equestrian World Champion. In her decade long career, she’s clinched medals in the European Championships and the World Championships. Joining her as the co-star player of the team is Oliver Townend.
Townend, like Canter, hasn’t competed in the Olympic Games before. It is a shocker, especially since he’s been the European Champion in 2007, 2009 and 2017. All eyes will be on Canter and him in Tokyo as they attempt to return Great Britain to their previous fame at eventing.
Other nominations who could travel with them are Laura Collett, William Fox-Pitt, Kitty King, Peggy March, Tom McEwen, Harry Meade and Nicola Wilson.
Jumping squad for Tokyo Olympics 2021
Two former Olympic gold medalists will lead the jumping team for the Tokyo Olympics 2021. These are none other than Scott Brash and Ben Maher. Maher and Brash clinched gold in the 2012 London Olympics and will return to the Games for the fourth and second time, respectively.
Joining them in Tokyo could be Harry Charles, William Funnell, Emily Moffitt, Holly Smith, Alexandra Thornton, Ellen Whitaker, and James Wilson.
Will this star-studded team go all the way at the Tokyo Olympics 2021?
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