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Zara Phillips in Team GB eventing team for London 2012

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LONDON — Zara Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter, has been selected to compete for Team GB at London 2012.

Phillips, 31, has been chosen as part of the five-person eventing team.

It will be her first Olympics after missing Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 because her former horse, Toytown, was injured on both occasions.
This summer, Phillips will ride High Kingdom, which she guided to a third-place finish at the Bramham Horse Trials over the weekend.

Phillips will follow in the footsteps of her mother, the Princess Royal, who competed at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

They also won the individual and team European titles in 2005 and team gold two years later.
Her father, Mark Phillips, won team gold at the Munich Games in 1972 and team silver 16 years later in Seoul.

In 2006, she was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year after winning the Eventing World Championship.

“It’s awesome to be given this opportunity,” Phillips said of her Olympics selection.

“I’m really excited. High Kingdom is a pretty cool, very relaxed kind of guy. I was really happy with him at Bramham as he’d obviously grown up and is improving all the time.”

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