British eventing star Williams Fox-Pitt predicts “quite a scrap” in the fight to be crowned Olympic eventing champions at Greenwich Park later this year.
Fox-Pitt pooh-poohs the notion that the Germans are a shoo-in for the gold, saying that while they’re certainly the biggest threat, the Olympics are anyone’s game. “It’s like anything, all the Germans need is for one person to fall off, and that changes everything,” he says.
He points out that the Greenwich cross-country course is on Britain’s home turf, and it will be a far different course than that of Luhmuhlen, where the Germans dominated the European Eventing Championship last year.
“We’ve got to remember, also, that Greenwich will be a very different competition to Luhmuhlen – nearly a different sport,” Fox-Pitt says.”We’ve got to have five horses there that I think can do really well, and will also be Greenwich-friendly, and I don’t think that is so easy. Greenwich is going to be so specific.”
He says the Brits will be bringing their A-game, but New Zealand and France will also be giving the medals chase.