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Michi the Magnificent

Michael Jung is finding it impossible to evade platitudes. They just seem to follow him wherever he goes. Some say the sport of eventing has never been the same since the 32-year-old German made his international senior team debut six years ago. Contemporaries like former world number-one William Fox-Pitt may have won more four-star events, but neither he nor Andrew Nicholson, another world leader, can claim individual world or Olympic titles. In fact, “Michi” (as he is known to friends and colleagues), became the first eventing athlete to hold the European, world, and Olympic titles simultaneously after capturing individual and team gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. In May, he jumped to the top of the FEI World Eventing Rankings for the first time in his still relatively short career after finishing first and third in the four-star Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event with Fischerrocana FST and La Biosthetique-Sam FBW,…

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