Friday, July 27, 2012

Idahoans Ready to Shine in Glow of Olympic Flame

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 9:31 AM

More than 10,000 athletes, representing 204 nations, are expected to welcome in the London Summer Olympics this evening in front of a global television audience. More than 300 events will be spread out over the next two weeks.

Idaho will be well represented in London, including gold medalist Krisin Armstong, who will compete in the women's individual cycling time trials and women's road race. This is Armstrong's third Olympic appearance.

Boise native Nick Symmonds, a star athlete when he ran track at Bishop Kelly High School, will compete in the Men's 800 meter run, which begins competition on Monday, Aug. 6. This will be Symmonds' second Olympics.

Adrienne Lyle, 27, will be aboard her horse Wizard from Ketchum's River Grove Farm when she begins her quest for equestrian gold on Thursday, Aug. 2.

"It's definitely going to be overwhelming, and I hope I can soak it all in," Lyle told BW. "But when it comes time for me to get on my horse and swing my leg over, I promise we'll be ready.

Lyle calls Wizard an "emotionally complex horse."

"If he was a human being, he'd be the kind of person whose emotions are right below the surface," said Lyle. "He can come off as being a bit aggressive or strong-headed, when in fact, he may be nervous or not confident. You really have to understand him."

You can read our full conversation with Lyle in the current BW, where she talks about how Wizard loves the spotlight and can sense a major competition. But Lyle was quick to add that she and Wizard will be ready for some rest and the "beautiful Idaho mountains" when the competition comes to a close.

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