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  • US Individual Riders

    According to the COTH article, it looks like Will Simpson is the odd man out for the individual competition (each country can only send 3 rider, even if all 4 qualify). Poor guy is standing 18th, but I guess them's the rules.

  • #2
    It is a bummer for Will but he rode beautifully and won it for Team USA. He should be beyond proud!

    Do the current scores continue on for the riders? It's not a clean slate format for the individual rounds is it??

    Go USA and Canada!
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    • #3
      yes, even a bigger bummer since I believe the US was the ONLY team to qualify all 4 riders. There should be some sort of exception for that, don't you think?
      Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.


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        Originally posted by EMWalker View Post
        It is a bummer for Will but he rode beautifully and won it for Team USA. He should be beyond proud!

        Do the current scores continue on for the riders? It's not a clean slate format for the individual rounds is it??

        Go USA and Canada!
        I believe it is clean slate for the 35 riders that move on.


        • #5
          Yes, it's a clean slate for the individual competition.

          And I agree with DMK, seems like if all four of our riders rode well enough to qualify for the individual medal rounds, they should be able to compete in them. I would say the same for any other country where all four riders qualified on the merits of their performances.


          • #6
            OK, aside from the US riders, I wouldn't be terribly upset if Hickstead & Lamaze did exceptionally well, and I also really like Ben Maher from GB. I saw him ride in FL this winter and he is just a lovely, wonderful rider. Very smooth, very calm, exceptionally accurate and handles pressure well (obviously given he had ot ride a 3 man team today and is going in to the ind finals on a 5 fault cumulative score. Amazing for a 25 year old!
            Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.


            • #7
              That sucks, but that's the rules.

              Same with gymnastics (no more than 2 in All Around or each event final). The US qualified 3 women to the all around, but only two were allowed to compete (and they got gold and silver muahaha). Maybe our equestrians will do the same.
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              • #8
                Hickstead and Lamaze certainly looked like they're among the best in the world right now.

                And, in addition to what DMK said, Ben Maher is very easy on the eyes.....


                • #9
                  Most of the Olympic sports put a limit on the number per team to qualify for the individual finals to give chances for "smaller" countries to have more of a chance to medal. Eventing was the same way, there were riders who qualified, but weren't in the top 3 on their team so they didn't move on.


                  • #10
                    I recall that the rule was in play for jumping in Athens as well, that only three got to go on. I think it was Peter Wylde with the wonderful Fein Cera who did not get to do the individual.
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                    • #11
                      I'm bummed for Will, too... But, a Team Gold medal is nothing to sneeze at for your first Olympics. His situation is what I call a "quality" problem.

                      Besides, now I don't have to feel as guilty when I secretly root for Jos & Cumano...

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                      • #12
                        What I think is really cool is that every member of our Team will go home knowing they jumped a clear round at the Olympic Games. That is really unusual, and what a great feeling that has got to be.
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