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Michael Jung (born 31 July 1982) is a German equestrian who competes in eventing.[3] A three-time Olympic gold medallist, he won individual and team gold at the 2012 London Olympics, followed by individual gold and team silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He was inducted into the Eventing Rider Association Hall of Fame in 2013,[4] and in 2016 he became only the second rider in history to win the Grand Slam of Eventing.

Michael Jung
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Jung in 2014
Personal information
Born31 July 1982 (1982-07-31) (age 36)
Bad Soden am Taunus, Germany[1]
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Sport
SportHorse riding
Event(s)Eventing

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CareerEdit

He was born to Joachim Jung, a former dressage and show jumping competitor and took up horse riding aged 6.[4] He won individual bronze at the 2009 European Championships. At the 2012 Olympic Games, he won gold medals in the individual and team events. In winning the individual event (on his 30th birthday), he made eventing history by becoming the first rider to ever hold the Olympic, World and European championship titles at the same time, having previously won the 2010 World title and 2011 European title.[4] He won all three titles on the horse La Biosthetique Sam.

Since then, Jung has won individual and team gold medals at the 2013 Europeans, individual silver and team gold at the 2014 World Equestrian Games and individual and team gold at the 2015 European Championships.[5] His individual victory at the 2015 Europeans made him only the second rider in history, after Virginia Leng, to win three consecutive European individual titles on three different horses. His wins were on La Biosthetique Sam (2011), Halunke FBW (2013) and FischerTakinou (2015). He won individual and team silver at the 2017 European Championships on Fischerrocanna. Michael Jung's individual silver at the 2014 World Equestrian Games & his individual silver at the 2017 Europeans were won on Fischerocona FST.

Jung's win at Badminton in 2016 sealed the Rolex Grand Slam, becoming only the second person in history to win it. His top horse La Biothesque Sam has also finished second at the Badminton horse trials in 2013 and 2017, and third at both Rolex Kentucky (2015) and Luhmuhlen (2015).[6]

CCI 5* ResultsEdit

Results
Event Kentucky Badminton Luhmühlen Burghley Pau Adelaide
2009   (Sam)
2010 Did not participate
2011 RET (Leopin FST)
2012   (Leopin FST)   (Leopin FST)
2013   (Sam)
47th (Leopin FST)
2014   (FischerRocana)
2015   (FischerRocana)
  (Sam)
  (Sam)
RET (FischerRocana)
  (Sam)
EL (FischerRocana)
  (FischerRocana)
WD (Halunke FBW)
2016   (FischerRocana)   (Sam)   (FischerTakinou)
  (FischerRocana)
2017   (FischerRocana)   (Sam) RET (Sam) WD (Sam)
2018   (FischerRocana) 10th (Sam)
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew

International Championship ResultsEdit

Results
Year Event Horse Placing Notes
1999 European Junior Championships Maricos   Team
9th Individual
2003 European Young Rider Championships Marco 522   Team
  Individual
2006 World Young Horse Championships Sam   CCI*
2007 World Young Horse Championships Desperado S 13th CCI*
Sam   CCI**
2008 World Young Horse Championships River of Joy 4 7th CCI**
2008 Eventing World Cup Final Sam 4th
2009 Eventing World Cup Final Sam  
2009 European Championships Sam 8th Team
  Individual
2010 World Equestrian Games Sam 5th Team
  Individual
2011 World Young Horse Championships FischerRocana   CCI*
Halunke FBW 32nd CCI**
2011 European Championships Sam   Team
  Individual
2012 Olympic Games Sam   Team
  Individual
2013 World Young Horse Championships Ricona FST WD CCI*
2013 European Championships Halunke FBW   Team
  Individual
2014 World Young Horse Championships Star Connection   CCI*
FischerTakinou 4th CCI**
Ricona FST 25th CCI**
2014 World Equestrian Games FischerRocana   Team
  Individual
2015 World Young Horse Championships FischerIncantas   CCI*
Lennox 364 8th CCI**
2015 European Championships FischerTakinou   Team
  Individual
2016 Olympic Games Sam   Team
  Individual
2017 European Championships FischerRocana 10th Team
  Individual
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew

Notable HorsesEdit

  • Marco 522 - 1995 Bay Holsteiner Gelding (Mytens XX x Montanus)
    • 2003 European Young Rider Championships - Team Silver Medal, Individual Gold Medal
  • La Biosthetique Sam FBW - 2000 Bay Baden-Wurttemberger Gelding (Stan The Man XX x Heraldik XX)
    • 2007 FEI Eventing Young Horse World Championships - Second Place
    • 2008 FEI Eventing World Cup Final - Fourth Place
    • 2009 FEI Eventing World Cup Final - Gold Medal
    • 2009 Luhmühlen CCI**** Winner
    • 2009 European Championships - Individual Bronze Medal
    • 2010 World Equestrian Games - Team 5th Place, Individual Gold Medal
    • 2011 European Championships - Team Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal
    • 2012 London Olympic Games - Team Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal
    • 2015 Burghley CCI**** Winner
    • 2016 Badminton CCI**** Winner
    • 2016 Rio Olympic Games - Team Silver Medal, Individual Gold Medal
  • Desperado S - 2001 Bay Wurttemberger Gelding (Divino de L x Grand Ferdinand II)
    • 2007 FEI Eventing Young Horse World Championships - 13th Place
  • River of Joy 4 - 2001 Dark Bay Wurttemberger Gelding (Rubicell x Pageno xx)
    • 2008 FEI Eventing Young Horse World Championships - Seventh Place
  • Leopin FST - 1999 Bay German Riding Horse Gelding (Legal Legend XX x Pius)
    • 2012 Luhmühlen CCI**** Winner
  • FischerRocana FST - 2005 Dark Bay German Sport Horse Mare (Ituango XX x Carismo)
    • 2014 World Equestrian Games - Team Gold Medal, Individual Silver Medal
    • 2015 Kentucky CCI**** Winner
    • 2016 Kentucky CCI**** Winner
    • 2017 Kentucky CCI**** Winner
    • 2017 European Championships - Individual Silver Medal
  • FischerTakinou - 2007 Red Roan Anglo Arabian Gelding (Jaguar Mail x Sardana Pierre)
    • 2015 European Championships - Team Gold Medal, Individual Gold Medal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Michael Jung. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Michael Jung. nbcolympics.com
  3. ^ Michael Jung. 2012 German Olympic Team.
  4. ^ a b c Michael Jung. nbcolympics.com
  5. ^ Ollie Williams (31 July 2012) Olympics eventing: Britain win team silver behind Germany. BBC
  6. ^ Leah Oliveto (26 April 2015) Michael Jung Wins Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover/Phillip Dutton Secures Fourth Rolex/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Championship Title. usefnetwork.com