<h5>Matthew Williams and Valinski S</h5>
<p>Matthew Williams riding Valinski S</p>
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Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams

Equestrian - Jumping Schedule & Results

(Local) / 10:00 AM 19 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Individual Final Round A

(Local) / 10:00 AM 17 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Individual 3rd Qualifier

(Local) / 10:00 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Individual 2nd Qualifier

(Local) / 10:00 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Team Round 1

14 (13th)

AUS


(Local) / 10:00 AM 14 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Individual 1st Qualifier

(Local) / 10:00 AM 14 Aug (Rio)
Jumping Team Qualifier for Round 1

12 (12th)

AUS


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Athlete Biography

Matthew Williams will compete as his third Olympic Games in Rio riding Valinksi S. He had a wonderful Olympic debut aged just 23 in 2008 where he was 20th in the Individual and 7th in the Team. Four years later in London the Team finished tenth and he did not ride as well individually.

Matthew Williams will compete as his third Olympic Games in Rio riding Valinksi S. He had a wonderful Olympic debut aged just 23 in 2008 where he was 20th in the Individual and 7th in the Team. Four years later in London the Team finished tenth and he did not ride as well individually.

He will use the great atmosphere of the Grand Prix events in the US and the hot conditions to acclimatise Valinski for Rio. Valinksi S is a 14 year-old, which he part owns, and they have only been a combination for less than a year by the time of the Olympics

Williams competed at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and helped Australia to 7th for the Team event and he was 63rd individually. He missed the 2014 World Equestrian Games after enduring an up and down period after the London Games.

Growing up in rural Victoria, Williams began riding horses when he was three. In 2003 he won the Australian Junior Jumping title and was also named the Junior Rider of the Year. The following year he was named the Young Rider of the Year for jumping and then moved to England to further his equestrian career. He also spent time in Belgium and Switzerland before moving to Florida, USA.

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Fast Facts

Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 72nd (Individual); 10th (Team) 2008 Beijing - 7th (team), 21st (individual)

Recent Performances

  • 21st – 2016 Sopot CSIO5* Nations Cup (Sopot, Poland)
  • 3rd – 2016 Wellington CSIO4* Grand Prix Table A (Florida, USA)
  • 3rd – 2016 Ocala CSIO4* Nations Cup (Florida, USA)
  • 3rd – 2015 Las Vegas CSI3* World Cup Table A (Nevada, USA)
  • 4th – 2015 Thermal CSI5* World Cup Table A (California, USA)

Career Highlights

  • Reaching top 20 final individually at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
  • 7th team final in Beijing
  • Winning $200k Grand Prix in Ocala this winter (2015/16)

Education

  • Secondary
    Marist-Sion College (VIC, Australia)

Training

  • Primary Training Base
    Wellington, USA

Q&A

Star Sign
Aries
First Olympic Memory?
Watching Atlanta on the TV, seeing Jus De Pomme finish the whole Olympics with out a fault
Most Influential person in your career/life
My father and Duncan Ingles
Why this sport?
I grew up in a farm with both parents riding, it's all I've ever wanted