Karen Lende O'Connor is an American equestrian who competes in three day eventing. Although she did not come from a family of equestrians, her interest in horses started at an early age, and she received her first horse for her 11th birthday. O'Connor began competing internationally in the late 1970s, and in 1986 began riding for the US national eventing team. Since then, she had ridden in five Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games and two Pan-American Games, winning multiple medals, including a team silver at the 1996 Olympic Games and a team bronze at the 2000 Olympic Games. She has also posted numerous wins and top-10 finishes at other international events. As of 2013, O'Connor is not competing, having suffered fractures to two thoracic vertebrae during a fall at a competition in October 2012. In 1993, O'Connor married fellow equestrian David O'Connor, also a three-day event rider for the US team.
About Karen O'Connor
Three day eventing equestrian known for winning the silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games and two gold medals at the 2007 Pan American Games. She was named Eventing Horseman of the Year by The Chronicle of the Horse in 1996.
She was given a horse named Midnight by her parents for her eleventh birthday.
She and her husband became the first husband and wife combination to share two Olympic medals.
She married David O'Connor, also an equestrian, in 1993.
She and Pippa Funnell are both famous three day event riders.
Information related to Karen O'Connor
- Equestrians at the 2003 Pan American Games
- Equestrians at the 2007 Pan American Games
- Olympic silver medalists for the United States in equestrian
- Olympic bronze medalists for the United States in equestrian
- Equestrians at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- Olympic equestrians of the United States
- Equestrians at the 2008 Summer Olympics
- Equestrians at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Equestrians at the 1988 Summer Olympics
- Equestrians at the 1996 Summer Olympics
- Olympic medalists in equestrian