There were more top eventers in the press room than you could shake a jumping bat at following today’s competition. All three medal-winning teams were in attendance to field questions about how they felt the competition shook out.
Gold medalist Sandra Auffarth was all smiles, and while Michael Jung and William Fox-Pitt presented themselves with typical composure and grace you can bet they were silently grinding their teeth a little, William dropping to Bronze after a rail and 2010 WEG champion Michael having to relinquish his crown. World beaters almost have to have a “second place = first loser” sort of mentality, and these guys never let themselves off easy. They’ll be back at the drawing board tomorrow — OK, maybe Tuesday — plotting how to close that 0.3-point (between Sandra and Michael) or 2.3-point (between Saundra and William) gap between Gold and Not Gold.
I made a sincere attempt to transcribe the press conference but Sandra and Michael’s Denglish just didn’t sit right on the page. Instead, I present to you the full video, which is almost as unwieldy thanks to lengthy French translations and my caffeine-shaky hands. For all you diehard WEG followers, have at it!