WHY are we still in love with Ian Millar?

Can someone explain to me why we’re still touting Ian Millar? His star horse died in the 80s, and he’s been terrible since then. He’s been in 9 olympics but won his first medal in 2008 – but only in the team event.

His past results, off CTV:

Munich 1972 – Finished sixth in team mixed jumping

Montreal 1976 – Finished fifth in team mixed jumping

Los Angeles 1984 – Finished fourth in team mixed jumping

Los Angeles 1984 – Tied for 14th in individual mixed jumping

Seoul 1988 – Finished fourth in team mixed jumping

Seoul 1988 – Finished 15th in individual mixed jumping

Barcelona 1992 – Finished ninth in team mixed jumping

Barcelona 1992 – Placed 54th in the qualifying round in individual mixed jumping

Atlanta 1996 – Finished 16th in team mixed jumping

Atlanta 1996 – Tied for 46th in the qualifying round in individual mixed jumping

Sydney 2000 – Finished ninth in team mixed jumping

Sydney 2000 – Finished 13th in individual mixed jumping

Athens 2004 – Finished 22nd in individual mixed jumping

Beijing 2008 – Won silver in team mixed jumping

Beijing 2008 – Tied for 23rd in individual mixed jumping

The man placed 54th in ’92, 16th in ’96, and 46th in ’96 again. Today, he had 4 faults in the qualifier.

Eric Lamaze, on the other hand:

Won gold in Beijing 2008

Won team silver in Beijing 2008

Won bronze at the 2010 World Championships

First Canadian equestrian athlete to win Olympic gold

And he had a clean ride today. So remind me why Ian Millar is on all the front pages?

Case in point:

Defending champion Eric Lamaze had the strongest performance for Canada as the veteran show jumper had a penalty-free round while riding Derly Chin De Muze.

Ian Millar , 65, posted the 42nd best score of the opening round. He finished with only four penalty points in his record 10th Olympic Games appearance. He rode Star Power on Saturday, which is the eighth different horse he has competed with during his renowned career.

ONLY four points??? Renowned career???? What on earth is in your cool-aid, Canada?

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