Olympic Eventing by the Numbers

50,000: # of spectators who watched XC

74: # of eventing competitors

59: # of riders who completed XC

53: # of riders who completed show jumping

40.6: # of penalties earned by Michael Jung over the course of the event; also, his dressage score

33: % of competitors who were female (there were 49 men and 25 women)

30: # of years Michael Jung has been living on this earth

28: # of obstacles on cross-country course

25: # of competitors allowed to move on from team to individual show jumping round

22: # of “o”s in a Tweet from Zara Phillip’s husband, England rugby player Mike Tindall, when he learned that Britain had won team silver (“Woooooooooooooooooooooo”)

21: # of letters in the longest horse name (Appolo WD Wendi Kurt Hoev, ridden by Italy’s Stefano Brecciaroli)

21: # of countries represented

20: age of youngest competitor (Nina Ligon of Thailand)

19: age of oldest competing horse (Lenamore, ridden by Caroline Powell of NZ)

15: # of  riders disqualified on cross-country (one for having three refusals, three for fall of horse, 11 for fall of rider)

14: # of mares competed

13: # of Irish Sport Horses competed

12.4: average age of horses competed

12: # of team medals won by the U.S. since 1912 (5 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze)

11: # of team medals won by Germany since 1912 (5 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)

10:03: optimum time for XC

10: # of minutes in dressage rain delay that seriously ticked off Andrew Nicholson

9: # of competitors over the age 50 (Belgium’s Carl Bouckaert was the eldest at age 58)

9: # of competitors who went double-clear cross-country

7: the U.S.’s final team placing

7: # of royals in attendance as spectators (William, Kate, Harry, Camilla, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and Princess Anne)

6’5″: height of the tallest competitor, William Fox-Pitt

6: # of horses withdrawn at or before the Sunday jog

5’1″: height of the shortest competitor, Caroline Powell

3.54: # of miles on XC course

3: # of competing horses sired by Heraldik xx, Sam’s grandsire (FRH Butts Abraxxas, ridden by Germany’s Ingrid Klimke; Butts Leon, ridden by Thailand’s Nina Ligon; and Happy Times, ridden by Sam Griffiths of Australia)

2: # of riders who wore helmets in dressage

2: # of horses in top 10 with the same sire (Zara Phillip’s High Kingdom and Aoife Clark’s Master Crusoe, by by Master Imp)

2: # of rails separating the top 12 horses heading into show jumping day

2: # of gold medals won by Michael Jung

1.5: length of Mary King’s hind XC studs, in inches

1: # of competitors with awesome mustaches (Russia’s Andrei Korshunov)

"The 'Stache"

Go Eventing.

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