“Been dreaming of this since I can remember! Endless gratitude for my team, friends and family for helping me make this a reality. We are Tokyo bound!!” Jessica, 29, wrote via Instagram to announce the news on Tuesday, July 6.
The athlete, who is ranked 27th in the world, will ride her 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion Don Juan van de Donkhoeve at the games. Team USA’s four-person team also includes riders Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut and McLain Ward.
“Honored to be a part of this team with @laurakraut @teamkpf and @mclainward.official. There’s no horse in the world I’d rather be on this journey with, thank you Don! You’re my horse of a lifetime🤗Let’s go USA!🇺🇸🎉” Jessica added.
The summer Olympic games were originally set to kick off in Japan in July 2020. However, organizers were forced to reschedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the international sports event is slated to begin on July 23.
While she came close to her Olympic dreams in the past, the 2021 games will mark Jessica’s first time officially going for the gold. The USA riding teams’ qualifying and final events will take place on August 6 and 7.
After Jessica announced her news, several celebrities shared their excitement for the upcoming event in her Instagram post’s comments section.
“We had a really grounded upbringing, and it was nice that I always had riding to focus on and have something a little bit for myself,” Jessica told CNN in May 2019. “I think that really helped me grow and become who I am today. And it taught me to work hard and to dedicate myself to something.”
According to the athlete, the Olympics were always “a dream.” Throughout her life, there was never a time she didn’t want to compete.
“The one thing that draws me to this sport and what I love so much about it, is that when you’re in that ring for 90 seconds everything else just kind of fades away,” she told CNN.
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