Stanford grad Davis jumps her way to an Olympic silver medal


Stanford grad Lucy Davis, and her horse Barron (named after her grandfather), helped the United States win yet another medal on Wednesday.

The American show jumping team, which also included Kent Farrington and Voyeur, Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C', and McLain Ward and Azur, earned the silver medal in team competition at the Olympic Equestrian Center in Rio.

The U.S. completed competition on five faults. France earned the gold and Germany won the bronze with a jump-off.

The U.S. missed medaling in the event four years ago after winning golf in 2004 and 2008.

The 23-year-old Davis competed internationally for the first time in 2008 at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North, winning both team and individual awards.

In 2013, Davis competed in her first Rolex FEI World Cup Final, earning the Furusiyya Leading Rider of the Day Award for her double-clear jumping effort at Rotterdam, and securing a major win at the Grand Prix of Lausanne, the youngest rider to win a Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at the age of 20.

Davis will compete in the individual jumping competition Friday.

Women's golf

Stanford incoming freshman Albane Valenzuela shot an even par 71 on the Olympic golf course during the first day of action.

Valenzuela, representing Switzerland, recorded one birdie and one bogey along the way to her 26th-place finish.

Track and field

Stanford grad Justine Fedronic failed to advance in the women's 800 meters at Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, running a 2:02.73 during preliminaries.

Kenya's Winny Chebet was the last qualifier at 2:01.65.

Fedronic, competing for France, appeared in her first Olympic.


Stanford grad Helena Scutt and teammate Paris Henken are ninth in the 49er:FX competition heading into Thursday's medal race.

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