The Telegraph reports that Olympic showjumping gold medalist Nick Skelton was once injured so badly that doctors warned another fall from the saddle would kill him.
He has also had a hip replacement and two knee operations. Skelton, 54, yesterday became Britain’s oldest gold medallist for more than 40 years.
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