DUT­TON

Cecil Whig - - RAVENS -

be­cause they have to be able to ad­just and be re­ally good in three dif­fer­ent phases, not just con­cen­trate on one. It’s a bit like a swim­mer who can medal in dif­fer­ent strokes.”

Dut­ton, 53, was Team USA’s old­est Olympian. He de­buted at the At­lanta Games in 1996 and has com­peted in all six Sum­mer Olympics since – rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in the first three and the U. S. in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Dut­ton won a pair of team gold medals for Aus­tralia. The bronze he won for the U. S. was his first in­di­vid­ual medal. Dut­ton has

won two team gold medals and an in­di­vid­ual sil­ver rep­re­sent­ing the U.S. in two Pan Amer­i­can Games.

Dut­ton owns a farm and train­ing fa­cil­ity in West Grove, Pa., about 30 min­utes from Fair Hill. He said he has 15- 20 horses that he com­petes with, which is why he left Brazil so shortly af­ter his com­pe­ti­tion. Dut­ton com­mit­ted

nearly all of his time to pre­par­ing Mighty Nice for the Olympics.

“In some ways, all my other horses were put on the back seat. I’ve got other com­pe­ti­tions that they’re all aim­ing for, so I had to get back and get them pre­pared. I’d al­ways planned to come straight back,” he said. “It takes a long time to get a horse to the ab­so­lute high­est level, so you

have to start them off as younger horses to in­tro­duce them to the sport and ev­ery year they get a lit­tle bet­ter. It’s not just a case of get­ting any horse and tak­ing them to the Olympics, it takes four, five or six years of train­ing to get to that level.”

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