Critiquing Team USA’s performance, A “Popular” Gold Medalist, A Silent Arena, Putting The Horses First
Welcome to Dutton’s Diaries on StreamHorseTV! Dutton’s Diaries is a series of updates coming straight out of Tokyo, via none other than Team USA’s eldest member. Competing in his 7th Olympics, veteran eventer and multiple Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton takes us behind the scenes of the equestrian happenings on the ground, sharing stories of his experience at these games.
Meeting Expectations for Team USA
Dutton checks in after the conclusion of eventing at the Tokyo Games…
Being the consummate sportsman, Dutton expresses his disappointment that he and his team didn’t jump according to best laid plans, but he gives credit to the winners.
Dutton, Boyd Martin, and Doug Payne put in respectable jumping rounds for the team competition, although they incurred jumping penalties they certainly didn’t intend on. Team USA ended up 6th overall. “We’ve just concluded our final day here in Tokyo, and obviously it didn’t go quite to plan and as I would have liked. Z tried really hard, and we did our best. Unfortunately, he really was feeling the effects of yesterday, I think. He didn’t jump quite as well as I would have liked to have done, but anyway, we got through it and finished as a team obviously – not quite where we wanted to be, but nevertheless, that’s sport as we know.”
Dutton goes on to express his pride and honor in being part of this team. “I was proud to be a part of this U.S. with Boyd and Doug and the horses that we had. We live to fight another day!”
As the eldest Olympian on Team USA across all sports, Dutton stamps his own spot in history, clocking his seventh Olympics.
Andrew Hoy of Australia, Dutton’s Australian gold medal-winning teammate in 1996, who is just a few years older than Dutton, took home individual bronze, and helped Australia capture team silver at these games. This was Hoy’s eighth Olympic appearance. These two legends are still top of their game, truly inspiring to watch. We certainly hope we see them again in future Olympic competition.
A “Popular” Gold Medalist
Dutton is swift in honoring Julia Krajewski, the German gold medalist who becomes the first female individual eventing gold medalist in history, riding Amande De B’Neville, which wasn’t actually her top horse originally aimed for the Olympics.
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