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Melanie Smith

Full name: Melanie Ainsworth Smith (-Taylor)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: September 23, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Melanie Smith’s greatest year was in 1982 when she won the US Triple Crown of show jumping by winning the American Invitational, the American Gold Cup, and the International Jumping Derby, all aboard [Calypso](/horses/show/). She also won the Nations’ Cup and placed second at the Presidents’ Cup. She is one of only two riders to have won that Triple Crown but the only one to do so on the same horse. In 1982 Smith was named USOC Sportswoman of the Year, and was inducted that year into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. She won a team gold medal in jumping at the 1984 Olympics, and competed through 1987 before retiring.

Smith and her husband, Lee Taylor, then raised and trained thoroughbreds for jumping and polo on their Wildwood Farm in Germantown, near Memphis, Tennessee. She worked as a television broadcaster for jumping events including the Olympic Games and World Championships, and became a recognized judge for hunter/jumpers, hunt seat equitation and hunter breeding. Smith also designed jumper courses and taught clinics around the country

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 34 Los Angeles Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual United States USA 7T
1984 Summer 34 Los Angeles Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team United States USA 1 Gold

Mixed Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1984 Summer 34 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States Calypso Final Standings 7T 12.00
1984 Summer 34 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States Calypso Round One 3T QU 4.00
1984 Summer 34 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States Calypso Round Two 10T 8.00

Mixed Jumping, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1984 Summer 34 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States USA Calypso Final Standings 1 DNF
1984 Summer 34 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States USA Calypso Round One 1 QU 0.00
1984 Summer 34 Los Angeles Equestrianism United States USA Calypso Round Two 1 non-scoring WD
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