Nick Skelton (Author of Two Months a Savage)I loved the tales of her youth in the jungle. I can attest to the gentle and loveable ways of the New Guineans so I really enjoyed hearing her adventures growing up. But also the drama of re-entering modern civilisation, this was perhaps the most interesting dimension for me.
If I could ask Sabine a question it would be: You obviously had (and perhaps still have) trouble finding your place between two incompatible worlds. Going through adolescence seems to be the natural event that precipitated your return to the modern world - because you (or perhaps your parents) were forced to make a decision as to whether you stayed and maybe got married in the jungle or went back and tried to make it in a place where you belonged. Given a time machine, would you have stayed (and married, or taught like your mother, or done some work locally)? Would you have left earlier, before the extra dimension of puberty complicated and compounded your re-integration? or perhaps later, once you were old enough to decide for yourself?
I ask because I think that many people with dual nationalities go through something similar at some stage of their life - normally without the extreme culture shock of course, but the timing is something that I think might be crucial and I have a little German-Australian of my own to worry over...
It is, she says with a smile. I spot two very familiar-looking faces and realise I am in the right place. Inspire a generation? One was Los Angeles in when his professional status denied him eligibility. The other was Sydney during which he spent nights watching all kinds of obscure sports, unable to sleep. Fourteen months later, however, came the diagnosis that the broken ligament between his spine and brain had mended.
Born in Warwickshire, Skelton, 59, took to the saddle aged 18 months. His father was a chemist and his mother rode for pleasure. He left school without qualifications to work with the trainer Ted Edgar and at 17 won the Junior European Championships. He has two sons from his marriage to Sarah Edwards: Daniel, 31, and Harry, He lives in Alcester with his partner, Laura Kraut. The hour-long routine involves lots of stretches and weights to counter the effects of ageing and a series of old injuries that have meant two knee….
By Sebastian Shakespeare for the Daily Mail. Now retired, the year-old has lost none of his appeal to the fillies. He met glamorous Barbara after she employed his son, the top trainer Dan Skelton, to look after her racehorses at his extensive stables, Lodge Hill, in Warwickshire. Skelton, whose individual medal at Rio came at his seventh Olympics, has been courting Laura since His nine-year marriage to Sarah Poile ended after she locked him out of their Mauritius hotel room and threw his clothes into the Indian Ocean when she discovered his affair with Bettina Melliger, the wife of a Swiss showjumper. Canadian-born Barbara, who was Master of the Foxhounds for the Warwickshire hunt, could not be reached for comment. She separated in from former RBS boss Hester, with whom she has two children.
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Nick Skelton's fistfights, drink-fuelled rows and outspoken opinions have surprised enough people in showjumping down the years. But he is about to shock the sport again. To many that might be difficult to believe. Colourful is one word to describe a career that has seen him knocked unconscious by showjumping legend Harvey Smith in a brawl, publicly deck another great, Ted Edgar, in a hotel foyer and verbally abuse two young riders under his charge after one too many in the bar. This time, however, Skelton will hit the headlines for the right reasons.
Nick Skelton has become the oldest British Olympic champion in history, at 58 years and days, with a dramatic victory in the individual showjumping. Skelton, who broke his neck in two places in , is the first British rider to have won gold in an Olympic individual showjumping for 44 years. By doing so, he became Britain's oldest Olympic gold medallist since shooter Jerry Millner won gold in He was the surprise winner after recording a clear round on his brilliant horse Big Star in a thrilling jump-off for the gold medal. His victory came despite him saying the Dutch-bred horse was a 'bit rusty' in the preliminary rounds.
He retired at the age of 59 years old, on 5 April He began riding at age 18 months and in took two team silvers and an individual gold at the Junior European Championships. He has competed numerous times at the European Show Jumping Championships , winning three golds, three silvers and three bronzes both individually and with the British team over a year time period. In he competed in the Alternative Olympics where he helped the British team to a silver medal. In , at the age of 54, Skelton won the Olympic gold medal as part of the winning Great Britain team. In , at the age of 58, Skelton won the Individual Olympic gold medal at his seventh Olympic Games.