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Michael Matz

Full name: Michael Ray Matz
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: January 23, 1951 in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Michael Matz competed for the US at the 1976, 1992, and 1996 Olympics, winning a silver medal in the team jumping competition in 1996. He was also a member of the 1986 World Championship team in show jumping and in 1981 won the individual World Cup on Jet Run. He retired from competitive riding and became a trainer of thoroughbreds in 1998. He is best known as the trainer of Barbaro, who won the 2006 Kentucky Derby, and then broke down at the start of the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. Barbaro underwent surgery on a badly broken leg and underwent multiple surgeries before finally being put down in early 2007.

Matz achieved fame in 1989 for his heroic efforts after the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa. Matz was traveling from Hawai’i with his fiancé (later wife), D. D. Alexander, when the plane crashed in a cornfield near the airport. Over 100 people were killed, but Matz and Alexander survived. Matz also led three small, unaccompanied children out of the burning wreckage, and then returned to the flaming plane to rescue an 11-month-old baby. He was named Person of the Week by ABC News for his heroism, and in 1996, the US Olympic team, in recognition of his heroic efforts, voted Matz to carry the US flag at the Closing Ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics. Matz and the three children he rescued remained close and they were present at Churchill Downs on the day that Barbaro won the Kentucky Derby.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team United States USA 4
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual United States USA 10
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team United States USA 5T
1996 Summer 45 Atlanta Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual United States USA 9T QR
1996 Summer 45 Atlanta Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team United States USA 2 Silver

Mixed Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank F PTS
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism United States Heisman Final Standings 10 16.25
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism United States Heisman Final Round 10 16.25
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism United States Heisman Final Round Round One 6T QU 4.00
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism United States Heisman Final Round Round Two 14 12.25
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism United States Heisman Qualifying Round 27T QU 155.00
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism United States Heisman Qualifying Round Round One 13T 70.50
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism United States Heisman Qualifying Round Round Two 1T 84.50
1996 Summer 45 Atlanta Equestrianism United States Rhum IV Final Standings 9T QR
1996 Summer 45 Atlanta Equestrianism United States Rhum IV Qualifying Round 9T QU/DNC final 12.00
1996 Summer 45 Atlanta Equestrianism United States Rhum IV Qualifying Round Round One 14T 4.00
1996 Summer 45 Atlanta Equestrianism United States Rhum IV Qualifying Round Round Two 11T 4.00
1996 Summer 45 Atlanta Equestrianism United States Rhum IV Qualifying Round Round Three 14T 4.00

Mixed Jumping, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Equestrianism United States USA Grande Final Standings 4 40.00
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Equestrianism United States USA Grande Round One 7 QU 16.00
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Equestrianism United States USA Grande Round Two 3 non-scoring 24.00
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism United States USA Heisman Final Standings 5T 4.00
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism United States USA Heisman Round One 8 4.00
1992 Summer 41 Barcelona Equestrianism United States USA Heisman Round Two 1T 0.00
1996 Summer 45 Atlanta Equestrianism United States USA Rhum IV Final Standings 2 8.00
1996 Summer 45 Atlanta Equestrianism United States USA Rhum IV Round One 3 4.00
1996 Summer 45 Atlanta Equestrianism United States USA Rhum IV Round Two 2T 4.00