Lee Pearson looks forward to Paralympics

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Lee Pearson looks forward to Paralympics
Lee Pearson looks forward to Paralympics

Three-times Paralympian Lee Pearson is looking forward to the challenge of making history at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Lee has collected the maximum gold medal tally from his three Paralympic Games to date – with a team gold and two individual golds from the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Games.

If he produces a repeat performance on home turf at Greenwich, he would take his gold medal tally from nine to 12 – surpassing the 11 golds won by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson on the track and swimmer Dave Roberts in the pool.

But Lee, who represents ParalympicsGB in the Grade Ia equestrian competition, says he isn’t dwelling on the possibility of making history.

"It’s a novel thought that’s in the back of my mind, but that’s as far as it goes," says Lee, who will be riding his Gentleman for a second successive Games.

"If it happens I will probably be very happy, but I won’t be depressed if I don’t win the medals I’d like to. I will just focus on Rio.

"I don’t put myself under undue pressure before a Games. When I’m riding I’m so focused on the job in hand.

"I’m going to go and do my best," he says. "Hopefully that will be a team gold and huge amount of individual gold medals for the team."

The 38-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent rates ParalympicsGB’s five-strong equestrian team for London 2012 as the best yet.

"I think this is the strongest team we’ve ever had," he said.

The Equestrian events start with the Team test on Thursday 30 August, with the Individual Championship tests on Saturday and Sunday and the Individual Freestyle tests on Monday and Tuesday.


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