Articles: Press Release
United States Team Wins Olympic Bronze Medal in Dressage
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2004
In what should be described as a Herculean effort, Team USA brought
their best to Athens to bring home a medal - and they certainly did not
disappoint anyone. The team composed of Debbie McDonald of Hailey,
Idaho, riding the mare Brentina; Robert Dover of Lebanon, N.J., on FBW
Kennedy; Guenter Seidel of Del Mar, Calif., on the young and promising
Aragon; and Lisa Wilcox, a Los Angeles native residing in Germany on the
stallion Relevant, stood on the medal podium and proudly received their
Bronze Team medal.
It was a tough competition, with the powerhouse German Team and their
undeniable national dressage heritage taking the Gold with an average
score of 74.653; an ever-improving Spanish Team taking the Silver
(72.917); and a determined U.S. Team bring home the Bronze (71.500).
"It's been a tough year for everyone," observed Debbie McDonald. "You
hope everyone stays healthy and sound and it's been a tough year for the
U.S. Team in that regard, trying to get our team strong and healthy to
this point hasn't been 100% easy. I think if we can come home with a
medal, I think we'd feel really good about that this year," said
On his Bronze medal Team victory, six-time Olympic veteran Dover said,
"We are always happy to have any medal. We're excited to show that we
are in the top three in the world. We are proud of our team."
Dressage competition resumes Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. at the
Markopoulo Equestrian Center. The athletes, both human and equine, will
now continue to the next phase of competition for the individual medals
in the Grand Prix Special.
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