U.S. two-time show jumping team gold medalist Beezie Madden and horse Cortes ‘C’ withdraw from from the 2016 Games. Cortes ‘C’ sustained a tendon injury during Tuesday’s team competition. The decision has been made in the best interest of the horse’s wellbeing. Madden is confident that the horse will be able to make a full recovery.
Beezie Madden relseased the following statement on her Facebook account:
“We are heartbroken to announce that Cortes C sustained a tendon injury in yesterday’s competition and will be unable to compete for Team USA today. We are confident he will be able to make a full recovery.
While we had hoped to do everything we could to help the USA towards a medal today, Tiny’s best interests must come first. We are so thankful to our teammates, sponsors and most importantly, his owner, Abigail Wexner, for understanding that in this sport, sometimes winning means doing right by your best friend. We will be there today on the sidelines doing everything we can to support Kent, Lucy and McLain.”
-Beezie & John Madden
The U.S. will head into Wednesday’s team final in a four-way tie for first place. The team will not have the opportunity to use a drop-score with only three members competing. Team USA hopes to reclaim a spot on the podium after a tough break in London.
Team Show Jumping Finals begin at 9:00 am EST.