Out equestrian Carl Hester brought home the gold for Great Britain today, as part of the UK dressage team with Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin. Hester called the victory “a very special moment,” as it marked the first time in seven consecutive Olympics that Germany didn’t take the gold in this event, a streak dating back to the Los Angeles Games in 1984.
“Standing on the podium was the proudest moment of my life.” he blogged on his website. “What a great day for dressage. Seeing the sea of flags and watching the union flag raised and hearing all the cheers and the national anthem was very emotional.
This marks the first Olympic medal for Hester, 45, who has won 51 national domestic dressage titles and gold and silver at the 2011 European Championships.