10-time Olympian Ian Millar Left Off Canadian Show Jumping Team

Canadian equestrian Ian Millar will not be breaking his own record at the Rio Olympics. 

The 69-year-old show jumper, who made his tenth Olympic appearance at the London Games, was not listed on Canada’s equestrian roster, released Thursday. 

Millar made his Olympic debut at the 1972 Games in Munich, Germany. He competed in every edition of the Games through 2012, with the exception of the 1980 Games which Canada boycotted.

Millar’s primary horse, Dixson, underwent sinus surgery last winter, making the horse unfit to compete. But while he will not go to the Games as an athlete, it’s likely that he’ll still be in Rio. His daughter, Amy, was named to her first Canadian Olympic show jumping team. 

“When Dixson was unable to go, my son and daughter were both very concerned – in fact, my daughter offered me her horse,” Millar told the Globe and Mail. “I told them both to think about something. There would be a big difference between zero Olympics and one Olympics, and 10 Olympics or 11 Olympics.’

The Olympic show jumping competition will begin Aug. 14 at the Deodoro Equestrian Center. 

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