Only one member of the U.S. Team went clean in the first round. The team did qualify for the silver medal jump off. In comparison to the European teams the American riders and horses looked pretty ugly (in my opinion) with horses throwing their heads all around and held high. More than one horse hollowed its back two strides before the fences which might explain the rolled bars. The American riders were also jerking their horses around the turns. It's been this way for decades. Why so? The horses on the high placing European teams were flexed at the poll in their approach and more relaxed and rounded. A horse cannot jump efficiently when flexed at the poll but it can be rated to the fences before being released. I have a theory. The Americans are so forward that they have lost their leg and body aids. The Germans, Swiss and Dutch are traditionally deeper in their seats, have more effective aids and therefore more control over their horses and the fences. I personally think that the American horses were an embarrassment. It appeared that they had not even been taught to turn correctly which would be difficult considering the frame the horses were in.
Is that why Rich Fellers won the World Cup this year?
Why McLain Ward has won two Olympic gold medals?
Why Breezie is the first female to win more than $1m?
And why Reed is the youngest ever US Olympic equestrian?
There are certainly different styles of riding, however to say the US team were an embarrassment shows that you really don't know what you are talking about.
No, that's why the United States, the most resourceful nation in the world is in 7th place instead of say, a respectful third place. One more rolled pole and they would have been out of it. "As a team I wish we were in little better position..." (Rich Fellers) In 21 Olympics the U.S. Team has won 3 gold medals. The 2004 medal was by virtue of the disqualification of Germany who had won the gold medal but had it taken away. Individually, the United States has only won 2 gold medals; Joe Fargis on the little thoroughbred mare Touch of Class in 1984 and William Steinkraus 1n 1968. Individually the U.S. Has not scored an individual first place in 28 years and only two in 108 years. I don't call that being very competitive on an International scale as compared to say
Germany who has won 8 team gold medals.
Isnt it great when americans cheer for their country and when its not going as good they say america sucks. Don't like america move simple as that. You get on a horse at that level lets see how you do jumping such a course. Its not easy and to sit at a computer bashing our own country because we are not in the top 3 is down right ******ed if you ask me. The horses no matter what country are under extreme stress and jumping a course under such pressure your not going to have all horses in perfect form and whos to say all those ones your saying are flexed and responding are not doped up. Hense the reason a certain country (Not Ours) was disqualified. Personally it pisses me off when someone bashes our country and they are from our country. Support no matter what the outcome is. They are doing their best. God bless the riders of the USA!! JMHO
Since liberal in-the-tank NBC is punishing Ann Romney's horse "Rafalco"--doesn't she share ownership with 2 other people?!?--they aren't showing ANY equestrian live this year, unlike previous Olympics, just a stupid 30 second blip here or there. Heck, I saw more of the field in Greenwich on TWC when Jim Cantore was showing off the Greenwich Mean Team display!!! Yeah, they're streaming, but I still like to tivo my Olympics, anyway. Soooo...I'm getting my news elsewhere, and there's Brit show on HRTV that has been at LEAST giving me the placements and an honest appraisal of things, so far. ANYWAY, their observation is that the German horses (ALL 3 Olympics disciplines) are excelling bc the horses are more confident than any other teams. There was a discussion of a jump with lions that had many horses spooked, for instance. It's some food for thought, at least.
Corp, they just repeated the showjumping from this morning on NBC, I just finished watching it. And they showed about 4 hours of the cross country. It is being shown, you just have to get lucky and know when.
Thanks, AlexS!! I've got ALL of the Olympics scheduled to tape, so I'll watch it tonight. WOW--give some crumbs to the hungry!! STILL, don't see why they didn't just show X-country in the middle of the night on ONE of the 5 NBC cable/satellite channels. I saw more of it in 1992 from LA, when they didn't have all of the resources.