Articles: Press Release
United States Team in 2nd Place After Day 1 of Dressage
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August 20, 2004
The U.S. Team is currently in second place behind Germany after the
first day of the Grand Prix Dressage competition.
Lisa Wilcox, a native of Los Angeles now residing in Germany, posted a
score of 68.792 and is in 8th place overall, and Guenter Seidel, a
German born American citizen residing in Del Mar, California, earned a
score of 69.500 and is in seventh place. Their combined team score
stands at 69.146. Their two other teammates, Debbie McDonald of Hailey,
Idaho, and Robert Dover of Lebanon, New Jersey, ride tomorrow.
Wilcox' pride in her mount Relevant, a stallion, was evident and she
echoed this several times. "He gave me all he had to give today," she
Speaking for a moment about her personal feelings of being included on
the U.S. team and making her first appearance on the Olympic stage,
Wilcox smiled widely and said, "Gosh, it means an awful lot for me to be
here, and I'm just very, very proud." Candidly she added that, "I'd
almost kind of given up, in the sense that I didn't want to push
Relevant. I had kind of backed off already...and it's been an emotional
rollercoaster for me. So, to finally be here, and to present what I have
- my horse - is a proud moment." Her love for her horse, and that
aforementioned pride in representing the U.S., were outpouring.
Guenter Seidel and the powerful grey Bavarian gelding, Aragon, looked
picture perfect as the pair entered the ring this morning. Known for his
trademark clean and classic style, they posted a somewhat lower score
than hoped for.
"It was a little tight today...the big thing was a couple of passages
and then the first pirouette where he fell out," said Seidel commenting
on his ride. "But [the other] pirouette felt good and the changes felt
good. I think, overall, it's not like I'm disappointed in any way," he
Behind Germany and the U.S. are Great Britain, Spain, Denmark and the
Netherlands in sixth. Spain's Soto Rafael posted the day's best score
with a 72.792.
The team medals, which are based only on the Grand Prix competition,
will be awarded tomorrow.
The scores for the top 25 individual riders after the end of Grand Prix
competition tomorrow will carry over and they qualify to go on to the
Grand Prix Special competition on Monday, August 23rd. Then, the top 15
ranked riders after the Grand Prix Special will advance to the final
round of competition, the Grand Prix Freestyle on Wednesday, August
25th, which is a program choreographed to the riders choice of music, in
which marks are given for both technical and artistic merit. The
individual medals will be awarded based on the composite scores for
three rides, Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle.
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