Silver for Jessica Springsteen and the USA jumping team

The daughter of 'The Boss', Bruce Springsteen, just misses out on gold as Sweden prevail in jump-off.

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Jessica Springsteen is an Olympic silver medallist.

The 29-year-old daughter of American rock music legend Bruce Springsteen competed in the team final for the United States on Saturday (7 August).

Springsteen and Beijing 2008 team gold medallists Laura Kraut and McLain Ward had a total of eight faults in the final to take them into a jump-off with Sweden.

Incredibly, all six riders had clear rounds in the jump-off, but Sweden's total time of 122.90 seconds saw them take gold by 1.3 seconds with the USA having to settle for silver.

Jessica Springsteen Team Final
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The USA made it safely through Friday's team event qualifier with Springsteen and her regular partner Don Juan van de Donkhoeve having one fence down for four faults.

Kraut and Ward also had one obstacle down with two-time Olympic gold medallist Ward also incurring a time fault.

That meant a total of 13 faults which was good enough for fifth place with 10 teams reaching the final.

Ward told AP, "Jessie’s brilliant. The horse is brilliant. She’s had actually a little bit of bad luck. Her horse jumps phenomenal, and I think will deliver a clear tomorrow."

Sweden led the way with three clear rounds with Belgium and Germany tied for second on four.

Unsurprisingly, there has been plenty of attention on Springsteen but she says she has no problem shutting that out.

"For me, one thing about riding I’ve always loved - well, first my love for the horse - but when I’m in the ring and the bell goes off, I’m completely, 100 per cent focused on that. So any outside pressures or anything else going on really kind of just fades away and I'm really in that moment."

It was Springsteen's second taste of action at these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

She had one fence down in the individual competition with only the riders with clear rounds making it through to the jump-off.

A 29, Springsteen could have a long Olympic career in front of her with team-mate Kraut going strong at 55.

Jessica Springsteen with parents Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa at the 2011 Windsor Horse Show
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