Olympic Show Jumping Factfile

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Olympic Show Jumping Factfile
Olympic Show Jumping Factfile

75 riders

26 nations

15 teams

11 countries represented by individuals only

Germany's Hans Günter Winkler holds the record for most Olympic Jumping medals – he claimed seven during his long career, three of those with the great mare, Halla.

America's Beezie Madden and Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa hold the greatest number of Olympic Jumping medals coming to the London 2012 Games – three in total. Madden took team gold at Athens in 2004, and team gold and individual bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympic equestrian events in Hong Kong – each time partnering Authentic. Pessoa took team bronze at Atlanta in 1996, riding Tomboy, and with the great stallion Baloubet du Rouet, claimed another team bronze at Sydney 2000 and individual gold at Athens in 2004.

Canada's Ian Millar, already leading the list of equestrian competitors with most appearances at the Olympic Games with nine to date, brings that number to 10 this time around.

Millar celebrated his 65th birthday in January, and is the oldest rider competing in jumping but is not the most senior competitor at the equestrian events at London 2012.

That distinction goes to 71-year-old Hiroshi Hoketsu from Japan who will compete as an individual in dressage.
Jumping at the Olympic Games goes back to 1900 when Alme Haegeman from Belgium took the individual title with Benton II in Paris.

Mexican riders dominated in jumping at the London Olympic Games in 1948. The Mexican team took gold, Humberto Mariles (Arete) claimed the individual title and Ruben Uriza (Harvey) took individual silver.

Germany leads the medal tables in jumping, with five individual and eight team titles since 1912.