We at GhanaMansports.com wish to pay a glowing tribute to British show jumper, Nick Skleton who is set to bring his illustrious career to an end come May, 2017.
Nick Skleton was seen riding just 18 months old on a Welsh pony called Oxo and has been a great show jumper when he began riding professionally 39 years ago.
Skleton broke his neck in 2002 but didn’t hamper his career as he recovered strongly to compete again in 2002.
His great career yielded 10 European and six World Championship medals and a World Cup title in addition to two Olympic golds.
Nick Skleton also holds the British record for jumping the highest fence, clearing over 7ft 7ins on Lastic in 1978, and won the Hickstead Derby three times in the 1980s.
He is also a gold medalist at London 2012 and in Rio 2016. He is Britain’s second-oldest Olympic gold medalist.
He holds the record for the first medal of any colour in the sport, since Ann Moore’s silver 44 years earlier.
The 59 year old is set to retire in May and he has these words to say;
“This sport has given me more than I could have ever hoped.”
“It is such a difficult decision to make, but I’m not getting any younger and it is nice for the two of us to end on the highest note possible.
“Thank you to all of the incredible friends and fans for your support – we are truly appreciative and humbled.
“And lastly, thank you to all of the horses I’ve ridden. You have provided me with opportunities one could never have imagined.”
Congratulations to the legend and the whole world will miss him.