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Olympic Social Media Roundup: August 8

Go behind the scenes in Rio!

Each day during the Olympics, we’ll bring you not only the news and headlines you need to know, but the behind-the-scenes look at the complex triumph that is the Summer Games: the emotional glimpses into the everyday stories of humans and horses working together on the biggest international stage in history.

All hail the king – check out this amazing save by Phillip Dutton:

“One in a Billion” Alex Hua Tian, the Olympic eventing pioneer for China, jumped clear around the intense cross-country course with just 13.2 time penalties:

#TwoHearts #equestrianeventing #equestrian #horses #horsesofinstagram #china Alex Hua Tian #Rio2016 #olympics

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Australia is currently in the lead after cross-country, with Chris Burton and Santano II at the front of the pack:
   

Fans are perfecting the “XC selfie” game:

Meanwhile, the U.S. Olympic Jumping Team horses seem to be enjoying their digs in Rio!

     

The New Yorker just published another wonderful article highlighting Olympic equestrian sports, this time introducing the public to the phenomenal dressage duo Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro:

 

We hope you’re getting pumped up for dressage, which starts on Wednesday morning!

And while we have no way of corroborating if this is true or not, it’s definitely encouraging to think about:

There are so many more beautiful photos from Rio that we can’t possibly share them all: search #TwoHearts on social media to find more, and keep it locked on Horse Nation for plenty of Olympic coverage! Go riding!

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