Olympic Sidelines –
July 12, 2012
A Blog by Kim & Allen MacMillan, Correspondents for Sidelines Magazine and www.sidelinesnews.com
Things are falling into place. Monday, July 9th, the U.S. dressage and show jumping team lists were added to the eventing team that was named last week. Both groups are comprised of tried and true team members from past Games and exciting newcomers.
On the home front here in Indiana, we are trying to decide how much we can fit into our suitcases and how to make sure our cameras and computers are OK as our carry-on bags. We do not want to check any of our equipment. We have a photographer friend who had all of her equipment stolen on the way to the World Equestrian Games in the Hague, Netherlands, and we are trying to learn from the wisdom she passed on about that nightmare experience.
Our plane is supposed to get into London at 10:45 p.m. several days before the Games open. Once we land and pick up our luggage, go through customs/immigration and get our Olympic media credentials validated, we will be burdened with three large suitcases, two backpacks and two camera cases – where are the pack mules when you need them! (OK, yes, I do tend to over pack, but in my defense we are going to be there for 21 days – 22 days actually, because it takes us two days to get home with an overnight stop over in Canada.—Kim)
LOCOG (the London Games organizing committee) is providing us with “Oyster” travel cards so that we can ride the trains, buses and underground for free. BUT, we are seriously thinking of hiring a car that night to get us to our dormitory, because with all of the stuff we have to carry and drag behind us it will not be a picnic trying to change trains. After we get settled into the dorm, we will happily take advantage of the Oyster cards to travel around Greenwich and London!
Anyway, back to the important stuff. Here is the U.S. Dressage Team as announced on Monday, accompanied by photos of each horse/rider pair:
Team of Three (new International Olympic Committee rule – only three to a team this time):
Tina Konyot (Palm City, FL) on her own and John Byrialsen’s Calecto V
Steffen Peters (San Diego, CA) on Four Winds Farm’s Ravel
Riding as an individual for the U.S.: Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, ID) on Peggy Thomas’ Wizard
Photo by Stephen Crowers Photography