Quiz: Which Olympic Gold Medal U.S. Eventing Team Should You Have Been On?

Bruce Davidson Sr. (USA) aboard JJ Babu. Photo: Virginia Hill/Flickr/Creative Commons License. Bruce Davidson Sr. (USA) aboard JJ Babu. Photo: Virginia Hill/Flickr/Creative Commons License.

Take our quiz to find out! Keep track of your answers. You’ll need to tally them up at the end.

 

1. What kind of weather do you prefer?

A) Sunny and warm.

B) Chilly enough for an overcoat.

C) Sunscreen, umbrella, T-shirt, sweater — I’m prepared for anything.

 

2. What’s your favorite kind of cross-country terrain?

A) I’ve always wanted to gallop across a country club golf course.

B) Hilly and challenging.

C) Some meadow, some woods, some perfectly manicured turf … variety is the spice of life.

 

3) What is your preferred footing?

A) Dry, loamy soil topped with scrubby, greenish-brown grass.

B) Hard-as-a-brick army exercising ground compared to “concrete.”

C) Plush and green, ranging from perfect to a little bit muddy in spots.

 

4. How do you like your course?

A) Tough enough that 500 combined jumping and time penalties still lands you in the top 10.

B) “Fixed and quite formidable.” But so long as I can fall off, get back on and keep going, it’s cool.

C) Designed by a woman for the first time in history.

D) Modern course design is best but I sure do miss the long format.

 

5. Are you male or female?

A/B) I prefer the salutation “Lieutenant,” “Colonel” or “Captain.”

C/D) Why does it matter? Eventing is a gender-neutral sport.

 

6. What’s the best song?

A) “Night & Day” by Fred Astaire & Leo Reisman

B) “Twelfth Street Rag” by Pee Wee Hunt

C) “Dancing Queen” by ABBA

D) “Careless Whisper” by George Michael

 

67. What is your stance on protective headgear?

A) What’s that?

B) Nah.

C) I guess.

D) Sure, as long as I don’t have to wear a safety vest, too.

 

8. Which event would you most enjoy competing at?

A) Galway Downs

B) Badminton

C) Bromont

 

9. Which nation would you get the most satisfaction out of beating out of Olympic Gold?

A) The Netherlands — their stupid orange coats annoy me.

B) Sweden — they’re all so blonde and pretty, gah!

C) West Germany — you know that’s not even a thing anymore, right?

D) Great Britain — they invented the term “three-day event,” gotta take ’em out.

 

10. Which international hardship would you be the most OK with enduring?

A) The Great Depression

B) Fallout from World War II

C) Apartheid

D) Really bad ’80s hair The Cold War

 

Which team did you make? Scroll down to find out …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you chose mostly As, you should have competed at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Your USA teammates:
Earl Foster Thomson & Jenny Camp
Harry Chamberlin & Pleasant Smiles
Edwin Argo & Honolulu Tomboy

Read the IOC Report.

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If you chose mostly Bs, you should have ridden at … the 1948 Olympics in London.

Your teammates:

Frank Henry & Swing Low
Charles Anderson & Reno Palisade
Earl Foster Thomson & Reno Rhythm

Read the IOC report.

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If you chose mostly Cs, you should have competed at … the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.

Your teammates:

Edmund Coffin & Bally-Cor
Michael Plumb & Better & Better
Bruce Davidson & Irish-Cap
Mary Anne Tauskey & Marcus Aurelius

Read the IOC Report.

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If you chose mostly Ds with a few As mixed in, you should have competed at … the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Your teammates:

Michael Plumb & Blue Stone
Karen Stives & Ben Arthur
Torrance Fleischmann & Finvarra
Bruce Davidson & JJ Babu

Read the IOC Report.

#361 J. Michael Plumb from the United States aboard Bluestone. Photo by Virginia Hill/Flickr/Creative Commons License.

J. Michael Plumb (USA) aboard Bluestone. Photo: Virginia Hill/Flickr/Creative Commons License.

Torrance Fleischmann from the United States aboard Finvarra. Photo by Virginia Hill/Flickr/Creative Commons License.

Torrance Fleischmann (USA) aboard Finvarra. Photo: Virginia Hill/Flickr/Creative Commons License.

Go Eventing!

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