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Top 10 facts about Great Britain's 58-year-old Gold medallist

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  1. Nick Skelton was born in Bedworth, Warwickshire, but grew up in Balsall Common near Solihull.

  2. He learned to ride when he was three.

  3. His first pony was called Oxo.

  4. In 2000 he suffered a spinal injury in a riding accident and doctors said another fall could be fatal.

  5. He retired from the sport in 2001 but by 2002 he was competing again.

  6. He's one of the the country's most successful riders having won hundreds of competitions and earned millions in prize money.

  7. Nick holds the British equestrian high jump record, when he jumped over 7'7" in 1978.

  8. He's has competed at seven Olympic Games - and just won his first individual Olympic Gold.

  9. He says he has no immediate plans to retire.

  10. He rode to success on his 13-year-old bay stallion Big Star.

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