Zara Phillips: Great Britain Star Makes History with Equestrian Silver Medal

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJuly 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31:  Zara Phillips of Great Britain riding High Kingdom knocks a rail in the Show Jumping Equestrian event on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on July 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Zara Phillips, the Queen of England's granddaughter, won the silver medal in team equestrian eventing on Tuesday.

In doing so, she also made some family history, per the Telegraph.

Zara Phillips has become the first member of the Royal family to win an Olympic medal after Team GB claimed silver in the team three-day eventing competition.

She struggled a bit in the showjumping part of the event on Tuesday, but she did well enough to help Team Great Britain earn a well-deserved medal.

Phillips making Royal Family history is one of the best stories for Great Britain thus far at the Olympic Games. She has certainly made her country proud.

Among the notable spectators in the crowd who witnessed history were Prince William, his wife, Kate, and his brother, Prince Harry.

Great Britain now has three medals thus far (one silver and two bronze), which is 14th in the medal standings.

With a dominating performance on all three days, Germany successfully defended its gold medal in the event from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Germany and Great Britain were joined on the medal stand by New Zealand, which won the bronze.


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