Springsteen, US fall to Swedes in jump off, earn silver
TOKYO (AP) — Jessica Springsteen and the U.S. equestrian jumping team came up just short of Olympic gold, falling to Sweden in a jump off that still left the Americans with a record 10th medal in the event.
It’s the first for the 29-year-old Springsteen, the daughter of famed rockers Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, who made her Olympic debut in Tokyo.
Riding powerful stallion Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, she clipped one rail in the primary round, as did McLain Ward, leaving the U.S in a tie with the Swedes for first with eight penalty points.
Peder Fredricson cruised to a time of 39.01 in the jump off for the country’s record fourth gold medal but first since 1924.