Mary King, née Tucker, joins British archer Alison Williamson and jumping rider Nick Skelton in making her sixth Olympic appearance in London – the trio joining just three others on such a number. She is the oldest and most experienced member of the British eventing team for London 2012.
Her career hasn’t come without injury, breaking her wrist and ankle in 1998 and neck in a schooling accident in 2001. King required surgery following the latter but recovered and won her first Olympic medal at Athens 2004, silver as part of the British team.
At London 2012, King rode her fifth different horse at an Olympics, saddling up Imperial Cavalier. She is married to cattle dealer David King and has two children Emily and Freddie. Her daughter Emily was on the British team for the European Junior Eventing Championships in 2011 and finished seventh.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, King won silver in Team Eventing with partners Nicola Wilson, Zara Phillips, William Fox-Pitt and Kristina Cook.