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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 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 NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) USA J. Michael Plumb
Individual, Men (Olympic) Markham 15
Team, Men (Olympic) Markham / United States AC
1964 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) USA J. Michael Plumb
Individual, Open (Olympic) Bold Minstrel 15
Team, Open (Olympic) Bold Minstrel / United States 2 Silver
1968 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) USA J. Michael Plumb
Individual, Open (Olympic) Plain Sailing 14
Team, Open (Olympic) Plain Sailing / United States 2 Silver
1972 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) USA J. Michael Plumb
Individual, Open (Olympic) Free and Easy 20
Team, Open (Olympic) Free and Easy / United States 2 Silver
1976 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) USA J. Michael Plumb
Individual, Open (Olympic) Better & Better 2 Silver
Team, Open (Olympic) Better & Better / United States 1 Gold
1984 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) USA J. Michael Plumb
Individual, Open (Olympic) Blue Stone 10
Team, Open (Olympic) Blue Stone / United States 1 Gold
1992 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) USA J. Michael Plumb
Individual, Open (Olympic) Adonis 48
Team, Open (Olympic) Adonis / United States 10

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