any speak about the young talents of Mr. Steve Guerdat. His natural ability as a rider has been legendary since his first big break with Jan Tops at the age of 20. The son of Swiss rider, and Belgian chef d’equipe, Philippe Guerdat, has show jumping in his blood and is somewhat of a phenomenon in Switzerland and across the European circuit.
Truthfully, it comes as no surprise that Steve was the Individual Gold Medal yesterday. It seems many agree, it was only a matter of time before this Swiss made jockey landed top spot on the podium.
It was an tough course with some top jockey’s in the Final Rounds of the Individual Olympic competition. Top riders and competitive medal candidates such as Marcus Ehning (GER), Nick Skelton (GBR), Ian Millar (CAN), Rich Fellers (USA) and Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) were unable to jump the Final two rounds fault free. Steve and Nino were the only rider/horse combination to jump the difficult tracks of Final Round A and B fault free.
Quiet deserving of a Gold medal, wouldn’t you say!!!
Winning Gold is an incredible tribute to Steve’s natural ability and determination as a rider. Anyone who knows him would tell you that Steve has been determined and focused from day one, knowing he wanted to be an Olympic Champion at a very young age.
I for one, met Steve a couple years ago in Paris for the Gucci Masters and all I remember was his quiet but genuinely friendly demeanor. He was shy but defiantly not unfriendly and clearly very focused. His personality reflective of someone highly talented and highly driven.
At 30 years of age, his achievements speak for themselves; the focus and determination has paid off. Steve Guerdat is now an Olympic Champion!!!