HT: Mary King 03 Feb 12 Feb. 3, 2012

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There aren't many sportspeople who have competed in their fifties and are on course to be challenging for a medal at their sixth straight Olympic Games. That's the achievement of Mary King - Britain's most cherished three-day eventer. But her profile more broadly is low - equestrianism, even in one of its traditional homes - the United Kingdom - rarely makes it on to the sports pages. It's fans say that's unfair - few sports are greater tests of courage and concentration. It's detractors say it's a hobby for the privileged few. Who is right?



There aren't many sportspeople who have competed in their fifties and are on course to be challenging for a medal at their sixth straight Olympic Games. That's the achievement of Mary King - Britain's most cherished three-day eventer. But her profile more broadly is low - equestrianism, even in one of its traditional homes - the United Kingdom - rarely makes it on to the sports pages. It's fans say that's unfair - few sports are greater tests of courage and concentration. It's detractors say it's a hobby for the privileged few. Who is right?