Friday, May. 24, 2024

2004 Olympic Games

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         It's been a week now, and I have to say that our Greek hosts here at the Athens Olympics have pulled this behemoth task off far, far better than most of the rest of the world, including me, ever thought they would. At least it certainly seems that way from my perspective at the equestrian events, although I'll admit I haven't seen a whole lot else on TV.

 


          Lisa Wilcox and Guenter Seidel didn't score nearly as well as they'd hoped on a sunburned, sweltering day in Athens, although it was enough to put the U.S. dressage team into second place.  But to have any hope of beating the German juggernaut for the first time ever, at least one of them needed to outscore one of the Germans today, and that didn't happen.

 

* Please note: Continuing updates on the eventing controversy have been reported on Breaking News. See Aug. 20, 21 and 24 reports for the latest news.


Despite losing Ingrid Klimke and Sleep Late, the pair whose lightning-fast round kept them in medal contention yesterday, before show jumping, Germany looked like it had grabbed its first eventing team gold medal since 1988 by recording two clear rounds late this afternoon.

* Please note: Continuing updates on the eventing controversy have been reported on Breaking News. See Aug. 20, 21 and 24 reports for the latest news.

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on location with John Strassburger
 

          Think Southern California--that's basically what the almost all-new Athens looks like. In fact, standing above the final warm-up ring late yesterday afternoon, watching Darren Chiacchia make his last-minute preparations, I felt as if I could blink and find myself in San Juan Capistrano, at The Oaks/Blenheim, site of the dressage selection trials in June.
After 37 rides in the eventing dressage, three American eventers have ridden. In order to accomadte the large number of competitiors, the dressage phase of the three-phase event is held over two days. Darren Chiacchia of the United States, on Windfall, is currently in fouth place with 44.60, behind the lead of German Bettina Hoy on Ringwood Cockatoo (32.00). U.S. rider Amy Tryon on Poggio II is 11th with 50.60 and Julie Richards and Jacob Two Two are 28th with 65.40.
The Belgians Are Aiming For Another Medal
With Ludo Philippaerts and Jos Lansink, they could just follow up their 2002 World Championship bronze medal with their first Olympic medal since 1976, writes Birgit Popp.


Ingmar de Voss, the general secretary of the Belgian Equestrian Federation, has been facing a new problem.


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