Jessica Springsteen Helps U.S. Equestrian Jumping Team To Olympic Silver

Bruce Springsteen's daughter and her teammates Laura Kraut and McLain Ward lost a jump-off for the gold medal to Sweden.

Sweden has defeated Jessica Springsteen and the U.S. jumping team in a jump-off for the gold medal.

Springsteen and teammates Laura Kraut and McLain Ward each moved cleanly through the shortened jump-off course and did so with a combined time of 124.2 seconds.

Peder Fredricson, the final Swedish rider, needed to circle the track in 40.30 seconds or better without error and cruised to a time of 39.01 for the country’s record fourth gold medal but first since 1924. The Americans also entered this week with three golds.

Laura Kraut, Jessica Springsteen and McLain Ward pose with their silver medals.
Laura Kraut, Jessica Springsteen and McLain Ward pose with their silver medals.
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France had a clear line to a second straight gold when its final rider, Penelope Leprevost, took the course. Needing to finish with fewer than five points to win without a jump-off, Leprevost’s horse refused twice, disqualifying her and the rest of the French team.

That left the Americans and Swedes tied for the lead with eight penalties apiece, necessitating the jump-off.

Springsteen, the daughter of rockers Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfia, gets a silver in her Olympic debut.

Jessica Springsteen, the daughter of rockers Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfia, gets a silver in her Olympic debut.
Jessica Springsteen, the daughter of rockers Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfia, gets a silver in her Olympic debut.
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