Zara Phillips competed for the first time in the Olympics the morning of July 29, when she took part in the first stage of her three-day event, dressage. According to “The Daily Mail,” Mike Tindall, Prince Philip, Princess Anne and her husband Tim Laurence were all there to watch and cheer her on.
After the first day of eventing, Team GB ended up in the bronze position overall with 127 penalty points, behind Australia with 122.10 and Germany with 119.0—after a close shave with Sweden, who ended up fourth.
Olympic debutante Zara Phillips was fourth in her team, with 46.10 penalties, according to the Olympics results page. Only the three best scores of the team were counted for the team eventing, which came from Mary King (40.90), Kristina Cook (42.0) and William Fox-Pitt (44.10). Nicola Wilson scored 51.70.
Cross-country starts at 12:30 p.m. London time on July 30, while showjumping is on July 31, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Individual dressage competitions will take place on August 2, 3, 7 and 9, while individual jumping is from August 4 through 8.
Some 200 athletes are taking part, seeking six sets of medals—team and individual for jumping, dressage, and the three-day event. Zara Phillips is chasing the two eventing medals.
The bronze is encouraging, especially given coach Yogi Breisner’s July 27 comments to “The Mirror” that he expected the team to fall behind in dressage as that wasn’t its strength. However, there are still two grueling days of riding to get through before any medals are presented.
Regardless, judging by the photographs, Zara Phillips looked as if she were enjoying herself atop High Kingdom and later said he’d mellowed out considerably. The Queen’s granddaughter later told reporters from “The Telegraph” and others that it was an “amazing feeling” to be competing in the Olympics.
She also said she was disappointed her horse failed to respond to one of her commands, losing her points in a flying change (a shift of leading leg from one side to another, one of the moves in a very strict and regimented discipline).
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Sources: The Mirror; London 2012 Eventing; The Telegraph
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