Nick Skelton of Great Britain takes gold in the Olympic Equestrian Jumping Individual Final

Nick Skelton of Great Britain takes gold in the Olympic Equestrian Jumping Individual Final

The equestrian centre in Deodoro, Rio was the scene of Skelton's final Olympic…

Nick Skelton wins individual showjumping gold for Great Britain

Nick Skelton of Great Britain riding his horse Apollo during the Silk Cut Derby at Hickstead, circa July 1988.

Nick Skelton of Great Britain riding his horse Apollo during the Silk Cut Derby at Hickstead, circa July

Nick Skelton of Great Britain riding Big Star competes in the 3rd Qualifier of Individual Jumping completing with no jumping or time penalties

Nick Skelton of Great Britain riding Big Star competes in the Qualifier of Individual Jumping completing with no jumping or time penalties

Nick Skelton of Great Britain riding Big Star competes in the 1st Qualifier of Individual Jumping on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park.

Big Star Photos - Nick Skelton of Great Britain riding Big Star competes in the Qualifier of Individual Jumping on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on August 2012 in London, England.

Nick Skelton- Great Britain (London 2012)

Nick Skelton in Olympics Day 12 - Equestrian

Nick Skelton of Great Britain riding Big Star competes in the Individual Jumping Equestrian on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on August 2012 in London, England.

Nick Skelton wins individual showjumping gold for Great Britain

Nick Skelton wins individual showjumping gold for Great Britain

JONATHAN MCEVOY IN RIO: Nick Skelton is so worn by a long life in a brutal sport that he needed a stepladder to get back on his horse, the aptly named Big Star.

Day twelve: Nick Skelton of Great Britain riding Big Star in the Individual Jumping. GB and their riders fell just short in a tense event.

Day twelve: Nick Skelton of Great Britain riding Big Star in the Individual Jumping. GB and their riders fell just short in a tense event.

Gold medalists Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles of Great Britain celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Team Jumping on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

Gold medalists Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles of Great Britain celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Team Jumping on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on August 2012 in London, England.

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