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Nicola Wilson

Nicola Wilson
Wilson and Opposition Buzz competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Personal information
Birth name Nicola Tweddle
Nationality British
Born Darlington, County Durham, England
Sport
Country  United Kingdom
Sport Equestrian

Nicola Wilson (née Tweddle)[1] (born 1 October 1976 in Darlington)[2] is a British equestrian rider specialising in three-day eventing. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics with her horse, Opposition Buzz, winning a silver medal.

She was given her first pony when she was three years old, she joined Hurworth Pony Club, where she competed in various pony club events and later became a member of the Bedale Hunt.[3][4] Wilson studied for a degree in Sport and Business Management at Manchester University, and graduated with a 2:1 in 1999.[3] As of 2012, she is 1.77 metres (5 ft 10 in) tall and weighs 64 kilograms (141 lb).[3]

Eventing

Wilson first competed internationally at the 1997 Young Rider European Championships, where she rode Mr Bumble.[3][1] Riding the same horse she finished in 10th place at the 2008 Burghley Horse Trials.[1] In 2007 she began competing on Opposition Buzz, a horse owned by Rosemary Search.[1]

She won a gold medal as part of the British eventing team at the 2009 European Eventing Championships in Fontainebleau, France; she finished ninth in the individual event with 64.7 faults.[5] Alongside William Fox-Pitt, Mary King and Tina Cook, Wilson was part of the British team that won the team eventing gold medal at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, United States; Wilson rode a clear round in the show jumping meaning teammate, and individual silver medallist Fox-Pitt could have afforded three fences down and Britain would still have won team gold.[6] Wilson and Opposition Buzz finished 16th overall in the individual competition.[6]

At the 2011 Badminton Horse Trials, Wilson, riding Opposition Buzz, was the leading British rider, and in third place overall, heading into the last day of competition.[7] During the show jumping phase she knocked down a fence and eventually finished seventh in a competition won by Mark Todd.[8] She won a bronze medal at the 2009 European Eventing Championships as the British side finished behind Germany and France.[9]

Wilson was initially selected as a reserve rider for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics but was added to the squad for the individual and team eventing when Piggy French withdrew after her horse DHI Topper W suffered an injury.[10][11] Wilson's horse for the Games was Opposition Buzz.[10] The events were held at Greenwich Park between 28 and 31 July.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Nicola Wilson, British event rider". Horse and Hound. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nicola wilson". Team GB. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Nicola Wilson: Team GB". British Olympic Association. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nicola Wilson". The Telegraph online. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Greenwood-Hughes, Lizzie (27 September 2009). "Double gold for Britain's riders". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "William Fox-Pitt leads Britain to World Equestrian gold". BBC Sport. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Williams, Ollie (24 April 2011). "Badminton Horse Trials: Mark Todd promoted to lead". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Phillips, Carole (25 April 2011). "Mark Todd wins Badminton Horse Trials 2011". Horse and Hound. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Britain miss out to Germany and France at Euro Eventing". BBC Sport. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Cuckson, Pippa (2 July 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: Piggy French 'devastated' after injury to horse rules her out of the Games". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "London 2012: Piggy French to be replaced by Nicola Wilson". BBC Sport. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Team Eventing". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
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