(TNS) TOKYO — Jessica Springsteen approached the reporters lining a partition inside an interview space and glanced on the voice recorders piled onto three brown plastic trays in entrance of her.

“Wow,” she mentioned.

When you can’t begin a hearth with no spark, as her father famously sang, then perhaps the horde of media who got here to see present leaping’s largest final identify within the Tokyo Olympics may ignite curiosity in a sport usually confined to the privileged.

It will actually assist if the daughter of musicians Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa may discuss greater than her horse.

As reporters waited to talk with Jessica Springsteen on Tuesday night time, they had been warned to not ask about her household. Reporters who promised to ask about her efficiency within the particular person leaping qualifier at Equestrian Park had been recognized, and theirs had been the one questions taken earlier than a media supervisor from U.S. Equestrian halted the interview after 1 minute and 26 seconds.

That just about equaled the period of time Springsteen lasted in her Olympic debut. She completed in an 11-way tie for 31st place, needing to complete 30th or larger to advance to the person last. Her 12-year-old horse, Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, toppled a number of bars towards the top of a routine he completed in 87.15 seconds on an uncharacteristically cool, breezy night time.

On the time she spoke with reporters, Springsteen was clinging to hopes that she would possibly advance, having been in 24th place with 24 riders left to compete. She praised her horse and mentioned any faults within the routine had been hers alone.

“My horse jumped unbelievable,” mentioned Springsteen, 29, who was born in Los Angeles however splits most of her time between a house in Florida and European competitions. “I actually couldn’t be happier with him.”

Having been eradicated from her first competitors on this stage, the youngest member of the US’ present leaping workforce will subsequent compete on Friday alongside extra seasoned counterparts Kent Farrington, 40, Laura Kraut, 55, and McLain Ward, 45. 

Carrington and Kraut had been additionally eradicated within the particular person competitors Tuesday, and Ward didn't compete.

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