Jessica Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen’s daughter, shares parents’ reaction to her participation in the Olympics
Jessica Springsteen, daughter of rock star Bruce Springsteen, is heading to the Tokyo Olympics as a member of the equestrian team – and her parents couldn’t be more excited.
Springsteen said her father and mother Patti Scialfa were thrilled when she made the team
“They were so excited,” she told TODAY’s Hoda Kotb. “They have supported me since I was little. It has been a big dream of mine since I can remember and sport has also become such a passion for them. I feel like we made this trip together. , so they were so happy. “
This will be Springsteen’s Olympic debut. She was a substitute at the London Summer Games in 2012, but did not qualify for the 2016 squad which competed in Rio de Janeiro. She is ranked 14th in the world in show jumping, one of the three equestrian events.
The United States qualified for the team and individual competitions in all three equestrian events. Twelve men and women will compete in dressage, eventing and show jumping in Tokyo. American competitors are backed by a strong history of success in the sport, placing second for all-time Olympic medals in the field.
Springsteen said she has already learned a lot from the other accomplished riders who make up the four-member team she will compete with.
The team includes McLain Ward, 45, a two-time gold medalist, Kent Farrington, 40, who won a silver medal in 2016, and Laura Kraut, 55, a gold medalist in her early stages. third trip to the Olympics.
“I have admired these riders throughout my career so being named to the team with them has been a huge honor and they have so much experience. They all have medals at the Games,” said Springsteen. “I am really looking forward to it.”
Athletes are not the only ones competing. Their horses also play an important role and travel the world just like the members of Team USA. Springsteen will compete with his 12 year old stallion Don Juan van Donkhoeve.
“We’ve built our partnership over the past couple of years, he’s everything I could want from a championship horse,” Springsteen said. “We have so much confidence in our relationship and he’s so powerful and he sort of does everything effortlessly… I can really count on him.”