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Peder Fredricson: Seven things to know about the dabbing equestrian star

He has one Olympic gold and three Olympic silver medals to his name, and is a graphic designer. Here's what else should you know about Sweden's Peder Fredricson.
By Paul Rhys

Show jumper Peder Fredricson won fame beyond equestrian circles in Sweden when he was one of six faultless riders to take part in a timed jump-off for gold at Rio 2016.

Fredricson and his horse All In were faultless again – and finished just 53 hundredths of a second behind Great Britain's eventual champion Nick Skelton.

He topped all that winning team gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and adding another silver medal in the individual competition.

Here's a few facts you might not know about the flyer from Flyinge, a small village near Malmö in Sweden.

Fredricson making waves with youthful celebration

When Fredricson won silver in Rio, at age 44, he celebrated with a "dab" – sparking a social media frenzy.

If only All In would "dab" as well, it would break the internet.

The Swede has improved with age

Should Fredricson make it to the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021, it will mark 29 years after he made his Olympic debut at Barcelona in 1992. Back then, he was an eventer – and the youngest-ever Olympic rider for Sweden. Show jumping is merely his second love.

His children might be ones to watch at future Olympics

Fredricson's wife Lisen competed for Sweden at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Genetics aren't just important in horse-breeding, you know.

And... his kids could make equestrianism more "street"

If their weekends are anything to go by...

Art runs in the family

Peder and Lisen met at art school, and Peder is a graphic designer. He designed the pictograms that the FEI uses to illustrate its different events.

His individual silver medal probably wasn't his favourite Olympic moment

Fredricson won team silver with Sweden at Athens 2004, and believes individual prizes are only part of the picture. "Team competition is even a greater feeling, because you win it together," he told the FEI.

But the Rio silver was still pretty special

He and All In knocked down only a single obstacle in the entire competition.