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Ian Stark

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 4
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameIan David•Stark
Used nameIan•Stark
Born22 February 1954 in Galashiels, Scottish Borders, Scotland (GBR)
Measurements177 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsBritish Horse Society
NOC(s) Great Britain

Biography

Scotsman Ian Stark worked as a clerk in the Department of Health & Social Security whilst establishing himself as a leading light in three-day eventing. Although he won seven European titles (six team and one individual) and was a member of the World title winning team in 1986, he is also remembered for his series of second place finishes. His four Olympic silvers without winning a gold has only ever been beaten by Soviet gymnast Viktor Lisitsky.

Additionally he won both the Burghley and Badminton horse trials and in 1988 became the first man ever to place first and second in the same year at Badminton. After the Sydney Olympic he wound down his competitive career but remained in the sport as a British team selector and later as the head coach to the Brazilian national team. He is also a designer of cross-country courses.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1984 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Individual, Open Olympic Oxford Blue 9 GBR Ian Stark
  Three-Day Event, Team, Open Olympic Great Britain 2 Silver
1988 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Individual, Open Olympic Sir Wattie 2 Silver GBR Ian Stark
  Three-Day Event, Team, Open Olympic Great Britain 2 Silver
1992 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Individual, Open Olympic Murphy Himself AC GBR Ian Stark
  Three-Day Event, Team, Open Olympic Great Britain 6
1996 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Team, Open Olympic Great Britain 5 GBR Ian Stark
2000 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) Three-Day Event, Individual, Open Olympic Arakai 10 GBR Ian Stark
  Three-Day Event, Team, Open Olympic Great Britain 2 Silver