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J. Michael Plumb

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 4
Bronze 0
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJohn Michael•Plumb
Used nameJ. Michael•Plumb
Born28 March 1940 in Islip, New York (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 88 kg
NOC(s) United States

Biography

After being a member of the Three-Day Event team which won the silver medals at three successive Olympics, Michael Plumb won a team gold and an individual silver at the 1976 Games. His total of six Olympic medals bettered Earl Thomson’s record of five for a U.S. equestrian. Apart from his Olympic successes he won two team and one individual gold medal at the Pan-American Games and he was a member of the winning team at the 1974 World Championships, where he won the silver medal in the individual competition. Michael Plumb graduated from the University of Delaware in 1972 and later married the former Donnan Sharp, a well-known equestrienne who also competed in the Olympics. Plumb competed at 7 Olympic Games – 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1984, and 1992, and would have made it eight had the U.S. competed in 1980. He was 10-times voted U.S. Combined Training Association Rider of the Year.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1960 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Individual, Men Olympic Markham 15 Representing United States    
  Three-Day Event, Team, Men Olympic United States AC
1964 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Individual, Open Olympic Bold Minstrel 15 Representing United States    
  Three-Day Event, Team, Open Olympic United States 2 Silver
1968 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Individual, Open Olympic Plain Sailing 14 Representing United States    
  Three-Day Event, Team, Open Olympic United States 2 Silver
1972 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Individual, Open Olympic Free and Easy 20 Representing United States    
  Three-Day Event, Team, Open Olympic United States 2 Silver
1976 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Individual, Open Olympic Better & Better 2 Silver Representing United States    
  Three-Day Event, Team, Open Olympic United States 1 Gold
1984 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Individual, Open Olympic Blue Stone 10 Representing United States    
  Three-Day Event, Team, Open Olympic United States 1 Gold
1992 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Individual, Open Olympic Adonis 48 Representing United States    
  Three-Day Event, Team, Open Olympic United States 10

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