Idaho Equestrian Probable Olympic Alternate


Idaho's Adrienne Lyle had a good day at the Dressage National Championships on Saturday—good enough that she and her horse Wizard are expected to be named to the U.S. Olympic Team. Lyle, who trains and teaches in Ketchum, and Wizard, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding, finished fourth overall in the Dressage, with a four-day score of 72.558 percent. While fourth place puts her out of the team competition, she and Wizard should be able to compete in London in the individual competition.

The 27-year-old Lyle won three straight Grand Prix victories in 2011 aboard Wizard. She was trained by 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Debbie McDonald, who lives in Hailey.

Another Idahoan, Boise middle-distance runner Nick Symmonds, has Friday, June 22, circled on his calendar. That's when he'll begin competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Four years ago, Symmonds, a graduate of Bishop Kelly High School, won the 800 meter event at the Olympic trials, securing a spot on the 2008 team.

Boise gold medalist Kristin Armstrong has already secured a spot on the U.S. Olympic cycling squad. Armstrong suffered a broken collarbone on May 24 during the 2012 Exergy Tour race in her hometown. On June 18, she was picked to defend her Olympic time trial championship in London.