US Olympian Charlotte Bredahl in “Good Shape” After Surgery to Treat Mass on Brain

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Charlotte Bredahl. © 2018 Lily Forado

WELLINGTON, Florida, June 27, 2020–Charlotte Bredahl was reported speaking and in “good shape” after undergoing surgery Saturday to treat a “mass on the brain.”

The surgeon at Palms West Hospital near Charlotte’s home in Wellington was “very positive about the surgery and thinks he was able to get everything” that had caused the loss of some functions for the 63-year-old United States Olympic team rider. 

“Charlotte was relieved at the news and is resting comfortably,” Kathy Connelly, a fellow trainer and close friend reported. Charlotte, she said, “spoke with me and sounded very happy and peaceful.”

Charlotte, the U.S. Development Coach, was admitted to the hospital Thursday after her return from giving a riding clinic in Michigan where weakening in her legs was worsening.

Before the surgery, Kathy said Charlotte told her: “I cannot believe this is happening… but I have so much to live for. I have been very frightened, and am so deeply touched by the love that I feel coming toward me from so many people.”

Charlotte was born and raised in Denmark, but moved to California in 1980.

She rode Monsieur on the U.S. team to earn bronze at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

She was appointed U.S. Assistant Youth Coach for Dressage in 2014 and four years later succeeded Debbie McDonald as Dressage Development Coach.

Charlotte is also an international judge, but prefers coaching.