You don’t need to be a sports nut to know who Michael Phelps is. Bringing home an unprecedented 8 gold medals from Beijing lets anyone dive right into the spotlight. With the spotlight comes the magazine covers and sexy photoshoots. And the people waiting to catch you at your worst.
Whenever a sport involves a subjective judging, there will always be questionable scores handed out. Figure skating has provided us with an endless supply of examples. People who compete in the hunter divisions with their horses know this feeling all too well. When we play a sport that has an objective task (like scoring goals or hitting a bull’s eye), we think we’re pretty much safe from subjective opinion. That’s not always the case. Nearly every sport will have a referee, or an official of some kind that makes sure all the rules are followed. Sometimes, they mess it up. Badly.
Today, in Linz, it rained. A lot. After the monsoon that hit us all 4 days of Lummen, it was an unwelcome change after being spoiled with almost a full week of sunshine. Regardless, there is nothing really exciting to report on the competition front.
Today, it was Ladies’ Day for Team Canada at the CSIO4* “Pferdefestival” in Linz, Austria. After the first round of the Nations’ Cup, We were in a tight spot – in a 4-way tie for 5th place with Switzerland, Brazil and Germany; Ukraine was sitting on top with 5 faults, Denmark and Poland tied with 8 each, and Mexico in 4th with 10. Yann Candele, Tiffany Foster and Jill Henselwood all delivered 4 fault rounds, leaving Ian Millar and Star Power’s 8 fault round to be the dropped score.
I’ve been bad. One blog post for the month of April? Not acceptable. So I’m hoping that a daily update from the CSIO4* in Linz, Austria will make up for it.