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Boyd Martin is competing in equestrian at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

If the Martin name sounds familiar, that is because it should. Boyd Martin is the son of two Olympians — Toa Martin, his mother, who represented the U.S. in speed skating at the 1968 Games, and Ross Martin, who represented Australia in cross-country skiing in that same year.

Martin trains with U.S. national equestrian team member Phillip Dutton, who is also Martin's coach and landlord. For Martin, it is good company to have. Dutton is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and seeking to be included in his fifth-straight Olympic Games.

Like Dutton, Martin is originally from Australia. He began riding when he joined a pony club at age 12 and moved to the United States in 2007 with Olympic aspirations. Martin already had dual citizenship and began riding for the U.S. in 2009. Dutton is also Australian and won his two Olympic gold medals while competing for the country, even though he has lived in Pennsylvania since 1991. Dutton began competing for the United States in 2006 and represented the U.S. at the Beijing Games.

Early in the morning on May 31, 2011, just after midnight, an electrical fire started in the barn that housed Martin's horses downstairs and his staff upstairs. Three staff members and five horses made it out alive. Six horses died in the fire. Dutton and Martin were a couple of miles away when they received the call about the fire and, ignoring a fire chief's orders, rushed into the barn to save their other horses. The only one they managed to save to before the blaze broadened further out of control was Neville Bardos, a horse Martin purchased in Australia and saved from being sent to the glue factory.

Neville Bardos suffered burns and severe damage to his throat and lungs, but his recovery was rapid and defied all medical expectations. Three months after the fire, Neville and Martin were the top American finishers (7th overall) at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in England, an Olympic-level event. In January, the United States Equestrian Federation named Neville the international horse of the year.

The United States will send between three and five riders to London for eventing and Martin, likely aboard Neville, is considered a favorite to be selected for the team. So too is Dutton, Martin's friend and mentor. The other three horses Martin is eligible to ride at the Olympics, if selected, are Otis Barbotiere, Ying Yang Yo and Remington.


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Age: 37 years old
Birthday: August 20, 1979
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 150 lbs.
Current Residence: West Grove, PA

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