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Kyra Downton

Full name: Kyra Downton (Geintze-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: November 13, 1913 in Vladivostok, Primorsky Kray, Russia
Died: February 6, 1999 in Bend, Oregon, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Equestrianism

Biography

Born in Vladivostok, Russia as Kyra Geintze, she spent two years in a Japanese concentration camp at the end of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War. At the end of World War II she met Frank Downton, an officer from Minnesota and the two settled in California. There Downton did what she had learned as a child in Russia and began training thoroughbreds to be hunters or eventing horses. She also started riding dressage and their estate in Atherton, California became home to Atherton Dressage. She won the US Championship in dressage in 1966 and won the individual gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games. At the 1968 Olympic Downton was almost 55-years-old and was the oldest women to compete for the US at the Olympics since 1904.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 54 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Individual United States USA 21
1968 Summer 54 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Team United States USA 8

Mixed Dressage, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1968 Summer 54 Ciudad de México Equestrianism United States Cadet Final Standings 21 657
1968 Summer 54 Ciudad de México Equestrianism United States Cadet Qualifying Round 21 657

Mixed Dressage, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1968 Summer 54 Ciudad de México Equestrianism United States USA Cadet Final Standings 8 657
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