Jessica Springsteen was born to jump. The daughter of rock legend Bruce Springsteen is competing in the Tokyo Olympics as member of Team USA’s equestrian jumping team.
Springsteen, 29, is ranked 27th in the world and will be competing in her first Olympics with her 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion named Don Juan van de Donkhoeve.
Springsteen set to compete in her first Olympics
Jessica Springsteen, 29, was born in California, but moved with the family back to New Jersey soon afterward. The family’s home in Colts Neck was near a famous stable that set her future course.
“I started riding when I was really little. My mom had always wanted to ride, so when we moved to New Jersey she started taking lessons,” Jessica said in an interview with People magazine. “Our home is right across the road from one of the top junior training barns — and I went right into that when I was a teenager.”
Springsteen was an alternate on the US equestrian team for the 2012 Olympics in London, but failed to qualify for the 2016 team in Rio de Janeiro. She was named to this year’s Olympic team after strong jumping performances in Florida and Europe. In May, she finished third in the Rolex Grand Prix of Rome.
Schedule for Springsteen and Team USA Equestrian team
Equestrian jumping schedule for the Tokyo Olympics
- Jumping competition begins: Aug. 3
- Individual final: Aug. 4
- Jumping team competition begins: Aug. 6
- Team final: Aug. 7
The U.S. Jumping Olympic Team
- Kent Farrington/Gazelle
- Laura Kraut/Baloutinue
- Jessica Springsteen/Don Juan van de Donkhoeve
- McLain Ward/Contagious
The U.S qualified to bring four competitors to Tokyo in jumping but only three of them can compete in each event.
Tokyo Olympics equestrian betting
Currently, DraftKings Sportsbook only has pricing posted for the equestrian eventing futures and the team jumping event, which Springsteen should be competing in.
In the team jumping event on August 6, the United States is second in futures, with Switzerland leading the way. The Americans won the gold medal in the event in 2004 and 2008 and earned a silver in 2016.
Odds for Tokyo Olympics equestrian team jumping
- Switzerland: +160
- USA: +270
- Great Britain: +350
- Belgium: +800
- Netherlands: +850
- Full odds listed on the app
In individual eventing, which combines jumping, cross country (varied obstacles and terrain) and dressage (horse/rider partnership), a pair from Chester County, Pennsylvania are in the Top 10. Boyd Martin from Cochranville is fifth and Phillip Dutton from West Grove is ninth.
Odds for Tokyo Olympics equestrian eventing
- Oliver Townend (Great Britain): +125
- Michael Jung (Germany): +550
- Tim Price (New Zealand): +900
- Tom McEwen (Great Britain): +1100
- Boyd Martin (USA): +1600
- Julia Krajewski (Germany): +1600
- Shane Rose (Australia): +2500
- Andrew Hoy (Australia): +3000
- Phillip Dutton (USA): +3000
- Thomas Carlile (France): +3000
Jessica Springsteen’s odds for Olympic gold
In the individual jumping event, Springsteen’s prospects for bringing a gold medal back to New Jersey are pretty unlikely.
Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs (+200) is favorite to take home the gold.
So, Springsteen is something of an underdog and that seems rather appropriate for the daughter of the Boss.
And for each and every underdog soldier in the night
And we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing
The Boss captured the spirit of the American people in his songs. Now his Jessica Springsteen is hoping to capture an Olympic medal.