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Gregory Wathelet: Taking Care of Business

Belgium’s number one show jumper, Gregory Wathelet, is a grafter. There are several definitions for this word, but in this instance the appropriate application can be found in the urban dictionary: “Father Giles has been in the fields grafting all day, moving hay bales with his bare hands, and moving trees…” Life is work and work is life for Wathelet. Success was always simmering for the soft-spoken 37-year-old who embarked on the international scene 16 years ago. Ups and downs determined his path, as it does for so many in this sport. A most courageous decision midway to give up his nationality for the opportunities afforded by a Ukrainian industrialist illustrates how resolute he is to be the best he can be. Reunited with his native passport a decade ago, that resolve has slowly come to a boil. The last few years have been his best, winning the individual silver medal…

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