Timne Has flown by since I was sent by The London Daily Express to cover the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, which were ceremoniously opened by Emperor Hirohito. Such a long time ago—but then again, it seems like yesterday.
As I write this column it is uncertain whether the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go on because of a surge in the coronavirus. With many athletes unvaccinated, hopefully the competition will be held safely.
The accomplished equestrian Jessica Springsteen has been chosen as one of a four-member U.S. Equestrian Jumping Team—a huge honor and a huge responsibility. She joins three formidable members of the team: two-time Olympic gold medalist McClain Ward; team gold medalist Laura Kraut; and, competing for the second time, Kent Farrington, who is ranked fifth in the world. Quite an impressive list…
Jessica was exuberant and completely down-to-earth when I photographed her. Here she is being nuzzled by her favorite horse as she trained at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for a Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, in 2012. Her proud father, Bruce Springsteen, who needs no introduction, accompanied us on the photo session but did not want to take the limelight away from Jessica by being photographed. I can understand that completely.
Here’s to all the participating U.S. teams. Do not forget that making the team is an amazing honor in itself and a dream come true for these athletes… Bravo to all!