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William Fox-Pitt leads day one ten months after coma

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British eventer William Fox-Pitt exhibits an extraordinary comeback in Rio this afternoon, putting the dark days of October behind him.

The three-time Olympic medalist executes his first of three tests by demonstrating an outstanding level of communication with his horse, Chilli Morning.  The duo successfully completes every movement with grace, balance and rhythm ending their dressage test with a score of 37.0 penalties.

Just 10 months ago, Fox-Pitt’s future was uncertain. The 47-year-old was thrown from his horse during the cross- country portion of the World Young Horse Championships in Lion D’Angers, France. The accident caused head trauma so severe that Fox-Pitt was placed into an induced coma.   

Fox-Pitt was told his recovery would take a full year. He returned to the saddle in December and began competing in mid-May.

Fox-Pitt continues to show great drive and defy all odds. There is no doubt that the rider will do everything in his power to make his fifth Olympic appearance his greatest.

The British rider must continue to show strength in the cross-country and jumping disciplines to earn his first gold medal in Rio. Eventing will take place on Monday Aug, 8. 

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