What You Need To Know: The Rio Olympic Grand Prix Special

Aug 12, 2016 - 3:03 AM

The dressage competition of the Rio Olympic Games began with the Grand Prix—you can read all about how it went down here in the Chronicle’s coverage from yesterday.

The short story is the German team is looking pretty unbeatable, and Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro boosted the British team into second with a test that put them on top individually. A personal best Grand Prix from Legolas and Steffen Peters combined with excellent efforts from Laura Graves, Allison Brock and Kasey Perry-Glass put the U.S. team into third.

The Grand Prix Special scores complete the team competition. The Special goes on Aug. 12 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST). Team medals are awarded after the Special, with the Grand Prix and Special scores each counting 50 percent toward the cumulative score. 

The top 18 individual riders after the Grand Prix and Special go forward to the Grand Prix freestyle on Aug. 15, where they’ll ride for individual medals. They start on a clean slate score-wise, so the freestyle score determines the individual medal finish. 

The Chronicle reporters will be doing a round-by-round blog of the action of the Grand Prix Special and of the Grand Prix freestyle on Aug. 15. We’ll also be tracking down some great stories about the riders who inspire us! Make sure to check www.coth.com and on the COTH Facebook page to keep up to date.

IMPORTANT LINKS:

The complete Grand Prix Special order of go / the Chronicle’s round-by-round blog / live streaming / live results / Meet The U.S. Dressage Team / All COTH’s Olympic dressage coverage

ONES TO WATCH IN THE GRAND PRIX SPECIAL:

Allison Brock/Rosevelt/USA 1:02 p.m. EST
Kasey Perry-Glass/Dublet/USA 1:29 p.m. EST
Steffen Peters/Legolas 92/USA 2:11 p.m. EST
Laura Graves/Verdades/USA 2:38 p.m. EST
Edward Gal/Voice/NED 9:54 a.m. EST
Catherine Dufour/Cassidy/DEN 10:54 a.m. EST
Hans Peter Minderhoud/Johnson/NED 11:03 a.m. EST
Sönke Rothenberger/Cosmo/GER 1:11 p.m. EST
Spencer Wilton/Super Nova II/GBR 1:20 p.m. EST
Dorothee Schneider/Showtime FRH/GER 1:38 p.m. EST
Fiona Bigwood/Orthilia/GBR 2:02 p.m. EST
Kristina Broring-Sprehe/Desperados FRH/GER 2:20 pm.m EST
Carl Hester/Nip Tuck/GBR 2:29 p.m. EST
Isabell Werth/Weihegold OLD/GER 2:47 p.m. EST
Charlotte Dujardin/Valegro/GBR 2:56 p.m. EST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SCHEDULE AND LIVE STREAM LINKS

Aug. 12 – Dressage – Grand Prix Special (team medals) 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST)
LIVE STREAM AM sessionLIVE STREAM PM session

Aug. 15 – Dressage – Grand Prix freestyle (individual medals) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST)
LIVE STREAM   On TV: USA (live broadcast) (10:30 – 12:30 EST)

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