Elizabeth "Beezie" Madden is the most decorated U.S. female equestrian to ever compete in the Olympics, and she's coming back for another run at gold. Madden has participated in four Olympics and has two gold medals in team jumping to date. She also has a bronze and silver medal -- the former earned at the Rio Games.
McLain Ward is also expected to return for the Tokyo Games. Ward, like Madden, won a pair of team jumping gold medals in Athens and Beijing and contributed to USA's silver medal at the Rio Games.
There was hope that Ian Millar would return to the Olympics this summer after missing the Rio Games due to his horse's surgery. Unfortunately, that will not be the case this year after he announced his retirement in 2019. Millar, 74 years old, competed in a record 10 Olympics dating back to 1972. His longevity has earned him the nickname "Captain Canada" in the world of equestrian, and while he will no longer be competing, he does plan to continue coaching and working with horses.
New Faces to Watch
The official roster of U.S. equestrians to watch for the Tokyo Games has yet to be announced, but one of the new faces hoping to make their Olympic debut is Jessica Springsteen. Springsteen, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen, is one of the top ranked show jumping competitors in the United States. She was an alternate rider at the London Games, but failed to earn a spot on the U.S. team in Rio. Perhaps this will finally be her year to compete on sports' largest stage.