Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica selected for US Olympic showjumping team

Jessica Springsteen, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen, has been selected for the Tokyo Olympics show jumping team, the US equestrian team announced on Monday.

Springsteen and her 12-year-old stallion, Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, will be part of a four-member squad that also includes McLain Ward, Kent Farrington and Laura Kraut.

Ward has helped the US to gold in the team jumping event at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and was a silver medal winner along with Farrington at the 2016 Rio Games. Kraut was also part of the 2008 Beijing gold-medal squad.

The 29-year-old Springsteen was an alternate at the 2012 London Games but failed in her bid to make the 2016 Olympics.

Overseas spectators are banned from this summer’s Olympics due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so her parents will not be able to watch in person. However Springsteen, who is ranked No 27 in the world, says her parents are avid followers of her career.

“They make it to the shows as often as they can,” Springsteen told People last year. “When they’re not here, they’re watching online. I love having them with me.

“I think it’s important to have your family support you. It’s definitely fun to have them around. They’re the best supporters. They’re always happy no matter how I do, which is nice.”

Springsteen is the second oldest child of Bruce and his wife, Patti Scialfa.

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