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King Set To Equal Stark's Record
London, England
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Mary King (GBR)
Team GB eventer Mary King is relishing the opportunity of competing at her fifth successive Olympic Games - but she has no plans to stop after Beijing.

The 47-year-old from Devon equals Ian Stark's British eventing record of competing at five Games in Beijing.

But she is keen to go at least one better at the London 2012 Games.

"I'll equal Ian's record of five eventing rides in Beijing, but if I ride in London I'll beat it," she said.

King was a member of the British eventing team that won the silver medal in Athens four years ago. Despite the fact the Beijing is her fifth Games, she has lost none of her enthusiasm for riding at the Olympic Games.

"I'm thrilled to bits and very honoured to be representing Great Britain again. It still feels as exciting to be at an Olympic Games," she said.

"I'm honoured to be at my fifth Olympic Games," she added. "There are lot of sportspeople who would dream of getting to one. I almost feel a bit guilty."

King is also keen to get back on to the podium at the Beijing 2008 Games.

"Everyone wants to try to achieve their personal best. You can only do your best and hope that is good enough to win that gold medal," she said.

King rides Call Again Cavalier at the Beijing 2008 Games. She won team gold and an individual silver medal on the 16.2-hand bay gelding at last year's European Championships in Italy.

"You and your horse are a real partnership," she said. "You can't just buy a good horse and get on it. It takes years to get it to the Olympic standard, and there are very few horses that get to that standard."

King made her Olympic debut at the Barcelona Games in 1992, before riding at Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and now Beijing 2008.

Ian Stark rode for Great Britain at the 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

King is joined by Tina Cook, Daisy Dick, William Fox-Pitt and Sharon Hunt in the Team GB eventing team at the Games.

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