Carl Hester wins Olympic gold medal in dressage event
Only gay sportsman representing Britain in equestrian event edges Germany
Carl Hester, the only gay sportsman representing host nation Britain in the 2012 Olympics equestrian event, was part of the dressage team that won the gold medal today (7 August).
The win by Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin resulted in Britain’s 20th gold medal of these Olympics. They finished in first place ahead of Germany in the competition at Greenwich Park.
It is the first medal for Hester who had gone home empty-handed at past Olympics in Athens, Sydney and Barcelona.
Hester, 45, was born in the Channel Island of Sark where horses were the only means of transportation. He moved to Gloucestershire at 19 to further develop his passion for riding and soon began to compete.
He has won 51 national domestic dressage titles during his career and in 2011, won team gold and individual silver at the European Championships.