Karen O'Connor will compete in her fifth Olympic games as O'Connor and her horse Mr. Mendicott will be participating in the team event and individual event competitions. Both events run from July 28-31, with the dressage portion running from July 28-29, the cross-country section on July 30 and jumping rounding out the event on July 31.
The 54-year old O'Connor is the oldest competitor on the US Olympic team, who made her first Olympic appearance at Seoul in 1988. O'Connor followed that up with appearances at Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. Karen has won two medals in her Olympic career, taking the silver in the team event in 1996 and the bronze in 2000, also in the team event.
This might be the last Olympic games for O'Connor, with her husband David O'Connor taking over as head coach of the US Equestrian team next year. Karen will sit down with David and the U.S. Equestrian Federation after the games to discuss her future with the team.
O'Connor and the US will face tough competition from defending gold medalists Germany, Great Britain, Australia and Holland