Bossing it at the Olympics: Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica prepares for games debut

Bruce Springsteen’s daughter will make her Olympic debut later – and she has a good chance of winning a medal.

Jessica Springsteen, daughter of ‘The Boss’ and Patti Scialfa, is the youngest member of the US showjumping team.

The 29-year-old is ranked in the world’s top 15 and is considered a good bet for a medal in the team event, alongside Kent Farrington and Laura Kraut.

Jessica Springsteen with her parents Bruce and his wife Patti Scialfa Pic: AP
Image:Jessica Springsteen with her parents Bruce and his wife Patti Scialfa. Pic: AP

She is also hoping for a top 30 finish in the individual class to book a place in Wednesday’s final.

Springsteen’s parents are expected to watch the four-day equestrian competition from their home in California.

She said: “This is not only my first Olympics, but also my first championships.

“I am so excited to represent my country at this level.

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“It is something I have always dreamt of, and I am just really looking forward to the experience.

Jessica Springsteen at aged seven in August 1999 Pic: Nancy Barr-Brandon/MediaPunch /IPX
Image:Jessica Springsteen, aged seven, in August 1999. Pic: Nancy Barr-Brandon/MediaPunch /IPX

“Just to be selected on this team that I have looked up to throughout my career has been a huge honour for me.”

Springsteen said the postponement of the Games last year had allowed she and her 12-year-old stallion Don Juan van de Donkhoeve to build their partnership.

“Me and Don have been able to build on our partnership over this last year,” she said.

“And when it came time to the selection events, I felt really confident how far we had come.

“When I got Don he was jumping up to three-star level, so I kind of brought him up to this level – it was about fine-tuning everything, getting used to jumping these bigger tracks.

“I think your natural reaction when you are jumping big is you want to ride a little bit stronger.

“But with him, he doesn’t need that. He just rides off my feeling and I can trust his scope and quality.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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