Aussie Olympian Gold Medalist Andrew Hoy Explains Why He Won’t Attend the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony

Published 07/19/2021, 5:07 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 27: Andrew Hoy of Australia and Rutherglen in action during an Equestrian Eventing Horse Inspection session ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Australian eventing Andrew Hoy will enter is eighth Olympic Games in Tokyo. The former medalist will represent his country at equestrian’s grandest stage and will set a longevity record as well. Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the 62-year-old explains why he won’t attend the opening ceremony for the Games.

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Andrew Hoy is an Aussie Olympic legend

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Andrew Hoy of Australia riding Rutherglen in action in the Show Jumping Equestrian event on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Competing in eight Olympic Games is a legendary feat, but such is the profile of Andrew Hoy. Debuting at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, Hoy has come a long way and picked up a few accolades as well. With three golds and one silver medal, Hoy is not just the oldest active Olympian but one of the most decorated.

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With incredible performances and a ton of history associated with the Olympics, Hoy must hold the competition in high regard. In conversation with US Eventing, the Aussie legend talked about the opening ceremony and why he doesn’t attend it.

“I have sometimes chosen not to march in the opening ceremony because my competition has started the next day. In Los Angeles, my first Olympics, I went [to the opening ceremony] – it was a seven-hour procedure, albeit one with huge excitement surrounding it. My jaw was on the floor – I felt so much awe about seeing these incredibly famous athletes.”

“If you’re not one of the early nations marching, you don’t necessarily see very much of the ceremony at all – and I’m so short that I can’t see much over the other athletes, anyway! I can’t really ask the basketball players to put me on their shoulders. Sometimes, I have sat in the audience in the stadium and watched the procedure and seen much more of it that way.”

What are his Olympic exploits?

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Debuting in 1984, Hoy finished 15th in the individual eventing competition while Australia finished fifth in the team event. The following Olympics in Seoul, Hoy didn’t improve on his performance and finished eighth while the Australian’s once again finished fifth in the team event.

When Hoy arrived in Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics, he brought with him a ton of improvement and good fortune. The Aussie team blazed past the competition and picked up gold in the team event, while Hoy finished fifth individually. They repeated the feat at the 1996 Games in Atlanta, where Hoy was the country’s flag-bearer.

If winning gold consecutively sounds great, doing a three-peat in front of your home fans is simply extraordinary. Hoy proved why he and his teammates, Phillip Dutton and Stuart Tinney represented the golden generation of eventers in Australia, winning gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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