Olympic Champion Jessica Springsteen Claims Grand Prix Victory After Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 09/09/2021, 1:48 PM CDT
Jessica Springsteen riding Don Juan van de Donkhoeve competes in the Rolex Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor. Picture date: Sunday July 4, 2021. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)


Olympic silver medalist, Jessica Springsteen won the Grand Prix of Brussels in her first competitive outing after her remarkable feat in Tokyo. The 29-year-old is the daughter of the famous musicians, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa.

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The American rider won her first Olympic medal with 12-year old Don Juan van de Donkhoeve in Tokyo. She claimed the second-position in team-jumping and now has backed up her performance with another commendable result in Brussels.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 03: Jessica Springsteen of Team United States riding Don Juan Van De Donkhoeve competes during the Jumping Individual Qualifier on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Equestrian Park on August 03, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Jessica Springsteen at Grand Prix of Brussels

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While riding RMF Zecilie, she successfully defeated the German rider Daniel Deusser. Winning only by a margin of 1/100th of a second during the jump-off, she secured the first position. Furthermore, in a stadium packed with an audience, Jessica felt grateful. After her performance, she said, “I am very happy to win the Stephex Masters here for the first time. It’s a fantastic feeling with the audience.

Her father also had a few words of appreciation for her. He said, “I want to congratulate the United States Olympic show jumping team — that’s McLain Ward, Laura Kraut and my lovely daughter, Jessica Springsteen — on their silver medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.” Apparently, this was the very first time her father congratulated her for the first time in public. He added more by offering gratitude to Jessica’s coach, Nick Skelton, saying, “A special shout-out to my great friend and one of the kings of show jumping, Nick Skelton, for his guidance and inspiration. May all of your days forever be glorious.”

Having the support of her family and coach, Jessica has a long journey of success ahead of her.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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