Articles: Press Release
David O'Connor Named USET Athlete of the Month for September
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810,firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251,email@example.com
Gladstone, NJ - September 30, 2000 - David O'Connor of The Plains, VA has
been named United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for
September. O'Connor won the first Olympic Gold Medal for the USET since 1984
when he clinched the individual eventing championship on Custom Made, a
15-year-old, Irish Thoroughbred gelding owned by Xandarius, LLC. He finished
the three-phase competition with a score of 34.00 penalties, the best score
in Olympic history.
For O'Connor, the Gold Medal topped a historic week at the Olympic Games. On
Tuesday, he made history by sharing an Olympic medal (team Bronze) with his
wife Karen for the second time. (They shared the eventing team Silver in
1996). On Wednesday, O'Connor turned in the best eventing dressage score in
Olympic history when he opened the individual competition with a score of
29.00 penalties on Custom Made. Then on Friday, he won the individuals Gold
"It doesn't get any better," O'Connor said. "This is the one you always
dream about and it's hard to believe that it actually happened."
David and Karen returned home last week to a jubilant hometown of The Plains,
VA. They both received keys to the City from the Mayor.
With the individual Gold Medal, O'Connor now joins Tad Coffin as the only
U.S. riders to win the eventing individual Gold. Coffin won in 1976 on Bally
Cor. Additionally, O'Connor now has won three Olympic Medals (1996 team
Silver, 2000 team Bronze and individual Gold), two Pan American Games medals
(1999 team Gold and individual Silver) and one World Championship medal
(1998 team Bronze) since 1996.
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call (908)
234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.