Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands Olympic Team Gold, Silver Bronze; Hans Peter/Flirt Individual Gold–Gracenote Sports Predicts
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EMERYVILLE, California, July 7, 2016–Germany will win Olympic team gold, Great Britain silver and the Netherlands bronze while Hans Peter Minderhoud on Flirt will take individual gold, according to medal ranking predictions by Gracenote, a sports data crunching enterprise.
Although the German and Dutch teams have not yet been selected, the company that was formerly named infostrada before being bought by the New York Stock Exchange-listed Tribune Media Company predicted that Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro will take individual silver and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Unee BB the bronze for Germany.
The company said in a detailed virtual medal table it released Thursday that it based its predictions on a broad array of information and ranked results as if the events were held Thursday and not a month from now when the Games will be staged in Rio de Janeiro..
However, Hans Peter, who won this year’s World Cup Final on Flirt, disclosed two weeks ago that Johnson will most likely be his Olympic mount.
Charlotte and Valegro, the team and individual gold medal winners from 2012, have not competed since winning individual and freestyle gold at the European Championships last August but are scheduled to do so this week at Hartpury, England.
Great Britain’s team was announced earlier this week–Charlotte and Valegro, Carl Hester and Nip Tuck, Fiona Bigwood and Orthilia and Spencer Wilton and Super Nova.
Germany will announce its team at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany next week and the Netherlands team will be chosen after the national championships in Ermelo at the same time.
Gracenote projected the top medal nation will again be the United States with 92, followed by China with 82 and Russia with 57.
Women, it said, will account for 44 per cent of total medals won, the highest percentage ever.