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Equestrianism at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Mixed Dressage, Individual

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre, Markopoulo
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 25, 2004
Format: Average score in three rounds determines final placements.

Gold: NED Anky van Grunsven
Silver: GER Ulla Salzgeber
Bronze: ESP Beatriz Ferrer-Salat


Over the past three Olympic Games, the duel between Germany's [Isabell Werth] riding [Gigolo] and Dutchwoman [Anky van Grunsven] on [Bonfire] had intensified into probably the greatest rivalry in the history of equestrian sport. Their final Olympic meeting in Sydney was considered by some as one of the highlights of the Games.

By the time of Athina both horses had long retired and Werth was not even on the German team. Van Grunsven travelled as part of the Dutch team albeit with low expectations following a series of personal setbacks and the mantle of favorite had passed to Sydney bronze medallist [Ulla Salzgeber] of Germany. Van Grunsven, Sweden's [Jan Brink], [Beatriz Ferrer-Salat] of Spain and the rest of the German team were expected to challenge.

With the elimination on medical grounds of one of the Greek horses and the withdrawal of a Swiss entrant there were 51 starters for the first phase of the event. These first two days of competition doubled as both the team event and the first round of the individual event, the top 25 riders moving into the second phase of competition although no more than three riders from each country could progress. Salzgeber's test put her in a clear lead of over 3.5 points, the difference between the leader and second being more than the difference between second and twelfth place. Ferrar-Salat and Van Grunsven occupied second and third with Schaudt of Germany and [Debbie McDonald] of America on their heels.

If Salzgeber had been outstanding in the first stage of the event it was the turn of Van Grunsven and her horse Salinero to excel in the second phase, the Grand Prix Special Test. Van Grunsven's score of 77.80 was nearly three whole points clear of Salzgeber although the German maintained a small overall lead of half a point. Another solid performance from Ferrar-Salat put her in third place ahead of McDonald. Relatively disappointing displays by Brink and Schaudt suggested that the first four riders would contest the medals.

In the deciding kür segment (freestyle to music) van Grunsven entered the arena before Salzgeber. Performing to a piece entitled “Esprit Chanson (The Spirit of the Song)” by the Dutch composers Cees Slings and Viktor Kerkhof, Salinero barely made an error and received a number of perfect tens from the judges. A superb score of 85.525 meant that Salzgeber would have to perform at the highest level to secure the championship. Salzgeber's final score of 83.450 had only been beaten by Van Grunsven in Olympic kür tests but was not enough to deny the Dutchwoman successive Olympic championships. She became only the third rider to retain the individual title and the first to win individual medals in three successive games. Beatriz Ferrer-Salat's bronze medal was Spain's first individual medal in Olympic dressage.

At the time of the Athina Games van Grunsven was over five months pregnant, and her first son Yannick was born on 23 November 2004.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal %P
1 Anky van Grunsven 36 Netherlands NED Salinero Gold 79.278
2 Ulla Salzgeber 46 Germany GER Rusty 47 Silver 78.833
3 Beatriz Ferrer-Salat 38 Spain ESP Beauvalais Bronze 76.667
4 Debbie McDonald 49 United States USA Brentina 75.653
5 Hubertus Schmidt 44 Germany GER Wansuela Suerte 74.883
6 Robert Dover 48 United States USA Kennedy 74.713
7 Jan Brink 43 Sweden SWE Briar 899 73.727
8 Rafael Soto 46 Spain ESP Invasor 73.606
9 Andreas Helgstrand 26 Denmark DEN Cavan 72.864
10 Per Sandgaard 37 Denmark DEN Zancor 72.426
11 Imke Schellekens-Bartels 27 Netherlands NED Lancet 72.107
12 Juan Antonio Jiménez 45 Spain ESP Guizo 71.644
13 Carl Hester 37 Great Britain GBR Escapado 71.561
14 Guenter Seidel 43 United States USA Aragon 71.447
15 Martin Schaudt 45 Germany GER Weltall VA 69.656
16 Julia Chevanne-Gimel 28 France FRA Calimucho 69.655
17 Sven Rothenberger 38 Netherlands NED Barclay II 69.437
18 Silvia Iklé 55 Switzerland SUI Salieri CH 69.101
19 Jon Pedersen 47 Denmark DEN Esprit De Valdemar 69.080
20 Victoria Max-Theurer 18 Austria AUT Falcao 12 68.753
21 Karen Tebar 39 France FRA Falada M 67.699
22 Richard Davison 48 Great Britain GBR Ballaseyr Royale 67.351
23 Aleksandra Korelova 27 Russia RUS Balagur 67.085
24 Irina Lis 31 Belarus BLR Problesk 66.522
25 Nina Stadlinger 24 Austria AUT Egalité 66.148
26 Heike Kemmer 42 Germany GER Bonaparte 67 71.292
27 Lisa Wilcox 37 United States USA Relevant 5 68.792
28 Emma Hindle 29 Great Britain GBR Wie Weltmeyer 67.500
29 Tinne Wilhelmsson-Silfvén 37 Sweden SWE Just Mickey 66.917
30 Christian Pläge 47 Switzerland SUI Regent 66.667
31T Louise Nathhorst 49 Sweden SWE Guinness 888 66.583
31T Yelena Sidneva 39 Russia RUS Condor 66.583
31T Cindy Neale-Ishoy 52 Canada CAN Proton 66.583
34 Nicola McGivern 37 Great Britain GBR Active Walero 18 66.458
35 Leslie Reid 48 Canada CAN Mark 66.083
36 Belinda Trussell 32 Canada CAN Royan II 66.000
37 Ricky MacMillan 42 Australia AUS Crisp 65.917
38 Lone Castrup Jørgensen 42 Denmark DEN Ludewig G 65.750
39 Mary Hanna 49 Australia AUS Limbo 65.500
40 Minna Telde 29 Sweden SWE Sack 907 65.375
41 Ignacio Rambla 40 Spain ESP Oleaje 64.750
42 Ashley Nicoll-Holzer 40 Canada CAN Imperioso 64.667
43 Marlies Anne van Baalen 23 Netherlands NED Idocus 64.583
44 Fritz Gaulhofer 38 Austria AUT Wels 63.667
45 Daniel Ramseier 41 Switzerland SUI Palladio 63.250
46 Cesar Alberto Parra 41 Colombia COL Galant Du Serein 62.917
47 Alexandra Sourla 31 Greece GRE Gregory 75 62.833
48 Peter Gmoser 33 Austria AUT Don Debussy 62.750
49 Louisa Hill 42 New Zealand NZL Gabana 62.708
50 Heike Holstein 32 Ireland IRL Welt Adel 60.417
51 Gerta Lehmann 25 Greece GRE Louis 60.000