Rio de Janeiro – August 12, 2016 – Marcela Krinke Susmelj of Switzerland and Molberg were first down centerline Friday morning in the Grand Prix Special. The top six teams following the Grand Prix, return for the Special to face off for a spot on the podium; the two tests are equally weighted in determining team medal results. Also competing in the Special are the top eight athletes from the Grand Prix who did not otherwise qualify to move forward with a team.
The top 18 riders in the Special qualify for the Grand Prix Freestyle, which serves as the individual medal final at the Rio Olympics. If a country has all four riders in the top 18 – which is very likely for Germany – only the top three may compete in the Freestyle.
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3:16 p.m. – Team gold to Germany, team silver to Great Britain, and team bronze to the United States! Laura Graves rode a tremendous test under pressure after two sticky moments for Steffen Peters left the U.S. just barely behind the Dutch leading up to Graves’ performance. Full standings here.
2:05 p.m. – Outstanding ride from Germany’s Dorothee Schneider on Showtime FRH earns them lots of 10s and a final score of 82.619 percent. They hold the individual lead now. Second U.S. rider Kasey Perry-Glass had an unfortunate break in the first extended trot but some excellent work toward the end of the test. They scored a 73.235 percent, meaning Brock’s mark will definitely be one of the three counted toward the team total.
1:20 p.m. – Allison Brock and Rosevelt of the U.S. kicks off the rotation of the top three teams. “Rosie” has come so far with Brock, and you can see his confidence in her as they put in a very steady test. His extensions in the trot, walk and canter are real highlights, and he rattles off some nice tempi changes as well. Their score of 73.824 percent is the first on the board for the U.S. in the Grand Prix Special. Brock had the drop score in the Grand Prix, but this mark will be a solid one for the U.S. to fall back on here if needed.
11:55 a.m. – The fourth, fifth and sixth ranked teams maintained their position during the morning session, with the Netherlands holding off Sweden and Denmark. With the Netherlands’ final score in, the United States team knows exactly what they need to do to secure a bronze medal. The U.S. earned an average of of 76.971 percent during the Grand Prix, and given the Dutch final average of 75.517 percent, the U.S. must aim for a Grand Prix Special average above 74.062 percent to keep their overall average above the Netherlands’.
On the individual side, the top three competitors in the standings after the morning session – Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén (SWE), Beatriz Ferrer-Salat (ESP) and Diederik van Silfhout (NED) – are guaranteed a place in Monday’s Grand Prix Freestyle, since there are only 15 riders still to go. The rest will have to wait and see if they end up in the top 18 at the end of the day.
The U.S., Great Britain, and German teams ride this afternoon, along with the remaining three individual qualifiers from the Grand Prix.
Grand Prix Special Standings After Morning Session
1. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén/SWE/Don Auriello/77.199
2. Beatriz Ferrer-Salat/ESP/Delgado/76.863
3. Diederik van Silfhout/NED/Arlando/76.092
4. Cathrine Dufour/DEN/Cassidy/76.050
5. Hans Peter Minderhoud/NED/Johnson/75.224
6. Anna Kasprzak/DEN/Donnperignon/74.524
7. Judy Reynolds/IRL/Vancouver K/74.090
8. Patrik Kittel/SWE/Deja/73.866
9. Edward Gal/NED/Voice/73.655
10. Marcela Krinke Susmelj/SUI/Molberg/72.885
11. Agnete Kirk Thinggaard/DEN/Jojo AZ/72.465
12. Belinda Trussell/CAN/Anton/72.325
13. Juliette Ramel/SWE/Buriel K.H./72.045
14. Mads Hendeliowitz/SWE/Jimmie Choo SEQ/71.681
15. Anders Dahl/DEN/Selten HW/71.232
16. Pierre Volla/FRA/Badinda Altena/65.742
11:16 a.m. – Hans Peter Minderhoud and Johnson deliver the final ride for the Dutch team, scoring a provisional 75.504 percent for a test with very impressive extended trot and canter. Diederik van Silfhout on Arlando also turned in a strong performance for the Dutch with highlights throughout the trot work, scoring a 76.092 percent. The U.S. will be chasing those target scores as they aim to secure their place on the podium.
10:05 a.m. – We’re into the first team rotation, which includes all riders from the fourth, fifth and sixth ranked teams after the Grand Prix. One rider from each of those three teams has competed, and as expected, the Netherlands’ Edward Gal and Voice post the highest score of 73.655 percent.
9:40 a.m. – First to go in the Special were four of the individual qualifiers from the Grand Prix. The top four individual qualifiers will go later in the rotation. Ireland’s Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K put in the best test of these first four pairs, scoring a 74.09 percent.
9:00 a.m. – Entering the Grand Prix Special, Germany is ranked first, Great Britain second and the United States third, followed by the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark.