After winning the team dressage event in five consecutive Summer Olympics, Germany saw that streak come to an end in London at the hands of Great Britain. Friday, Isabell Werth and her teammates reclaimed the gold medal with a score of 82.577. Great Britain, whose gold at the last Summer Olympics was their first medal in team dressage, claimed silver and the United States took bronze.
Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, Kasey Perry-Glass (her score wasn’t counted) and Allison Brock combined to earn the United States’ first medal in this event since 2004, when they took bronze in Athens. All time the United States has won eight medals in this event, with seven being bronze and one silver, and their Olympic medal count ranks second on the all-time list.
Combining with teammates Kristina Broring-Sprehe, Sonke Rothenberger (her score was dropped) and Dorothee Schneider, Werth has now won an Olympic medal on five different continents. South America joins Europe (Barcelona, Athens and London), North America (Atlanta), Australia (Sydney) and Asia (Beijing) on Werth’s list. She becomes the second athlete in these Olympics to accomplish that feat, with American shooter Kim Rhode being the first to do so.