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Molly Sorge

August 18, 2016

Ludger Beerbaum Retiring From German Team

On the heels of anchoring the German Rio Olympic team to a bronze medal on Aug. 17, the legendary show jumper Ludger Beerbaum has announced that he’s stepping down from the German national team.

“It is difficult for me to take this step,” said Beerbaum. He will continue to show, but just not in international championship teams. “I will continue to participate in international tournaments. I have a few more interesting projects. I’ll focus on my competition stable, the training of young horses, and sell horses.” 

August 16, 2016

Round-By-Round: The Rio Olympic Show Jumping Team Final

Follow along with us as the top eight teams after the first team round jump again for the team medals and 18 individuals join them in the final qualifying round for the individual final on Aug. 19. 

The U.S. team is in exciting tie for first place as Round 2 starts. We'll be commenting on each ride, updating as they go. Don't miss a minute of the action!

August 16, 2016

What You Need To Know: The Rio Olympic Show Jumping Team Final

The top eight teams after the first team round jump again for the team medals from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. EST today, bringing their Round 1 scores forward to Round 2. The cumulative scores of each team's top three riders over the two rounds determines the medals—any medal ties are decided by a jump-off. 

So, Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands and the USA—all tied for the lead on 0 faults—will jump again along with France, Canada, Switzerland and Sweden.

August 16, 2016

Jur Vrieling Responds To Olympic Disqualification And Eliminations

Dutch rider Jur Vrieling definitely didn’t have the Olympic Games he was hoping for. He came to Rio with Zirocco Blue as part of a strong Dutch team, after having helped them earn gold in the 2015 European Championships (Germany). “Five years ago, I said this was going to be my horse for the Olympics. And I came here with the feeling that I might have a really good chance at a medal,” Vrieling said.

August 15, 2016

What You Need To Know: The Rio Olympic Show Jumping Team Round 1

There are 69 horses on the start list for the first round of the team competition and the second qualifier for the individual final (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST). The first nine to jump are the individual competitors, with the remaining 60 members of the 15 teams rotating. They jump one course today, with a time allowed.

August 15, 2016

What You Need To Know: The Rio Olympic Games Grand Prix Freestyle

The top 18 individual riders after the Grand Prix and Special have advanced to the Grand Prix freestyle, which determines the individual medals.

They start on a clean slate score-wise, so the freestyle score alone determines the individual medal finish. 

August 13, 2016

What You Need To Know: The Rio Olympic Show Jumping Round 1

The Olympic show jumping competition takes place over four different days, with an initial round, two rounds that determine team medals, and then two rounds on the final day that determine individual medals.

August 12, 2016

Meet Your 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team

This year’s show jumping team just happens to be an exact repeat of riders from the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games that earned bronze in France two years ago.

August 12, 2016

What You Need To Know: The Rio Olympic Grand Prix Special

The dressage competition of the Rio Olympic Games began with the Grand Prix—you can read all about how it went down here in the Chronicle's coverage from yesterday.

August 11, 2016

The Stories They Tell: Personalities Of The Rio Olympics Grand Prix

At the Chronicle, our main job is to cover who's winning, in stories like our coverage of Charlotte Dujardin's conquering of the Grand Prix yet again. 

But there are so many other stories to be told in the mixed zone! Here are some of our favorite interviews from the Grand Prix from riders who may or may not be in the medals at the end, but who all have a story to tell!

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