Free Rein

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HarperSports, 2003 - Athletes - 323 pages
the autobiography of two-time Olympic gold medallist equestrian Gillian Rolton. Gill Rolton is one of Australia's most accomplished riders. Her riding career has spanned over 30 years and includes Olympic Games, World Championships and internationals. Even more impressive when you find out Gill started eventing and showjumping at the relatively late age of 21. Free Rein follows Gill from her days as a horse-mad, music-loving Adelaide surfie chick to her inclusion in the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame. She reveals how injury to horse and rider meant she missed out on the LA Olympics and also on Seoul. After the incredible low of dealing with the harrowing death of a talented horse from botulism, Gill tells of her golden year when, with her wonderful horse Peppermint Grove and the rest of the team, she fulfilled her Olympic dream and won gold in Barcelona. Gill will always be remembered as the tenacious woman who helped Australia win consecutive team gold medals when she finished her last ride with a broken collarbone and ribs. Free Rein reveals an amazing woman who personifies the word pfrseverance and defines the true Australian spirit that is universally admired.

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About the author (2003)

Gillian Rolton was born Gillian England in Adelaide, Australia on May 3, 1956. She received a degree in education from Flinders University and completed a horse riding instructor's course in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. At the age of 21, she started eventing and show jumping. She won an Olympic gold medal for team eventing at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona. She was the first Australian horsewoman to do so. She also won an Olympic gold medal for team eventing at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta despite broken bones. After retiring from competitive riding, she continued to coach and support young equestrians. She was one of eight Australian Olympic champions to carry their country's flag in the Olympic opening ceremony in 2000 and was a juror at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Her autobiography, Free Rein, was published in 2001. She died from endometrial cancer on November 18, 2017 at the age of 61.

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