Nick Skelton joined fellow equestrian rider Mary King and archer Alison Williamson in making his sixth Olympic appearance for Britain at London 2012.
However unlike King and Williamson, who have competed at every single Games since Barcelona 1992, Skelton missed Sydney 2000 and made his debut at Seoul 1988; also competing at the Alternate Olympic Games in 1980, where he won team silver. He suffered a serious neck injury in September 2000 that forced him to retire on the advice of leading neuro-surgeons.
However Skelton was to make a full recovery and returned to the sport in 2002; he was awarded an OBE for his services to equestrian sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year.
A multiple world and European medallist Skelton won the World Cup final with Dollar Girl in 1995 and holds the British record for jumping the highest fence – 7ft 7ins at Olympia in 1978.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Skelton won gold in Team Jumping with partners Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles.