10 comments on “1976 Olympics, Bromont, Quebec

  1. Wow, I thought he was a Cossack at first, except I don’t think Russia makes them anymore (thank goodness). He looks like he’s part of his horse, and it’s easy to see why he won so many Olympic medals–terrific birch pole (I’m guessing) jump, too.

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      • Absolutely right. It’s clear to see why he was such a winner. His amazing sense of balance on the horse actually helps his horse get over the fence. His knees are bent to allow his hips to slide back in the saddle and help counterbalance the weight of his torso that is stretched forward from the sharp forward angle of his hips. He has allow his hips to fold as the horse jumped so that he caused as little weight reisitance to the jump as possible and he is aerodynamically almost perfect.

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  2. Amazingly enough, only an hour’s drive from here, at the frontier fort where Sioux leader Crazy Horse was stabbed to death, training for equestrian events in the 1936 Olympics occurred. A few years later, German POWs spent time there in internment. Horses and mules used by the US Army were trained there, as well, from WWI through the end of their utility in the military.

    Fort Robinson, Nebraska, now a state park and historic site from the “Indian Wars” period.

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