Zara Phillips Withdraws From Beijing Olympics

June 11, 2008

The queen’s granddaughter, the beautiful Zara Phillips, has withdrawn from the Beijing Summer Olympics because her horse, Toytown, was injured during training. See photos and video of Zara Phillips below.

Zara Phillips was one of five riders who were selected to the equestrian eventing team by the British Olympic Association (BOA) last month.

BOA chief executive Simon Clegg said:

“This must be a huge disappointment to Zara, particularly following the pair’s success over the last few years. Naturally, we now need to focus our full support on the rest of the team, including Zara’s replacement.”

Poor Zara…this will be the second Olympics she will have to miss out on. Toytown was injured in 2004 and Zara was unable to compete in the Athens Olympics. Toytown recovered and helped Zara win individual and team gold at the European Eventing Championships in 2005. She won the individual gold with Toytown at the World Equestrian Games in 2006 in Germany and that same year she was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In September 2007, she and the Britain team won its seventh consecutive team gold medal at the European Eventing Championships in Italy,

Equestrianism runs in her family. Her father, Mark Phillips, won the gold at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Princess Anne, her mother, was the European champion in 1971 and competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

More photos and video of Zara Phillips are below.

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