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O'CONNOR Karen
Sport Eventing
NOC United States   
GenderFemale
Born17 Feb 1958 in Bolton, MA, USA
Height1.68 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? She was inspired to take up the sport by Princess Anne's performance while representing Great Britain at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
General Interest
Awards and honours She has been named US Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year on 10 occasions. (oconnorequestrian.us, 24 Jan 2015)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began riding at age 11.
Further Personal Information
Languages English, Spanish
General Interest
Hero / Idol Her husband David O'Connor. (useventing.com, 09 Apr 2007)
International Debut
Year 1979
Competing for United States
Further Personal Information
Occupation Coach
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "Be nice to the people on the way up, because you will always see them again on the way down." (useventing.com, 09 Apr 2007)
Famous relatives Her husband David won gold in the individual eventing competition at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jan 2015; oconnorequestrian.us, 24 Jan 2015)
Injuries She fractured two vertebrae in her back after falling during the 2012 Morven Park Horse Trials in the United States of America. She had two permanent titanium rods inserted into her spine and had to wear a brace for four months. (practicalhorsemanmag.com, 05 May 2015; horsejunkiesunited.com, 13 Feb 2013)

In September 2009 she broke her shoulder blade in a motorcycle accident. She was out of action for five weeks. (oconnorequestrian.us, 24 Jan 2015)
Last Update
  18 Mar 2016
General Interest
Other information RETIREMENT
She was forced to retire from elite eventing competitions after fracturing two vertebrae in her back in 2012. "At my three-month check up, my doctor sat me down for a talk. With the two permanent titanium rods supporting my spine, he said, 'you can do whatever you want but you cannot get injured because I can't fix you twice. You can't fall at speed and hit sideways into something that won't give'. For me, it became a decision about the people around me. And the risk was too great. In the end, the decision to hang up my cross-country spurs was easy." (practicalhorsemanmag.com, 01 May 2016, 05 May 2015)

STABLES
She and her husband David run O'Connor Equestrian, which has facilities in both Florida and Virginia in the United States of America. The pair offer coaching, training, clinics and camps. (oconnorequestrian.us, 22 Jun 2015)

COACH
She was appointed coach of the Mexican eventing team in January 2015. "There is tremendous support in Mexico, from the army and the civilians alike, for the implementation of a solid programme going forward to develop Mexico into a true competitive nation on the world stage." (horsetalk.co.nz, 21 Jan 2015)

OLYMPIC COUPLE
At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, she and her husband David became the second married couple in Olympic history to win a medal together. The pair were both in the US squad that claimed silver in the team eventing competition. (useventing.com, 09 Apr 2007)
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team O'Connor Equestrian: United States

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) MR MEDICOTT 9 7
2008 OG-C Hong Kong - Beijing (CHN) MANDIBA 44 7
2000 OG-C Sydney NSW (AUS) PRINCE PANACHE 3 3
1996 OG-C Atlanta GA (USA) Biko 2 2
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) MANDIBA 19 4
2006 5th WEG-C Aachen (GER) UPSTAGE 42  
1998 3rd WEG-C Rome (ITA) PRINCE PANACHE RET 4
1994 2nd WEG-C Den Haag (NED) Biko 11  
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2007 Pan-Am Games-C3* Rio de Janeiro RJ (BRA) THEODORE O'CONNOR 1 1
2003 Pan-Am Games-C3* Elkton MD (USA) JOKER'S WILD 2  
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) MR MEDICOTT 4  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) VERONICA EL  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) QUINTUS 54 13  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) MANDIBA EL  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) MANDIBA 7  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) MANDIBA EL  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) THEODORE O'CONNOR 6  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) HUGH KNOWS WD  
2007 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) THEODORE O'CONNOR 3  
2007 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) UPSTAGE 15  
2006 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) UPSTAGE 12  
2005 CCI4*-SC Lexington KY (USA) UPSTAGE 7  
2004 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) BALLY-MAR 16  
2004 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) GRAND SLAM 22  
2003 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) UPSTAGE 6  
2003 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) JOKER'S WILD 7  
2003 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) UPSTAGE 27  
2002 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) GRAND SLAM 12  
2002 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) UPSTAGE 24  
1997 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) Biko 55  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   MR MEDICOTT   7
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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