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Eric Lamaze
Eric Lamaze Canada

  • Country: Canada
  • Sport: Equestrian
  • Height: 5'5" / 1.65m
  • Weight: 143 lbs / 64.9 kg
  • Born: 4/17/1968
  • Career Highlights: Considered one of Canada's greatest riders, Lamaze rode Hickstead to the gold medal in Beijing in show jumping four years ago, becoming the first Canadian to win an equestrian event. Lamaze also was part of Canada's silver medal-winning show jumping team that finished behind the archrival United States. He has taken part in the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 world championships, but his major breakthrough came in 2007, when he became the first Canadian in 20 years to be ranked in the world's top ten. Lamaze's rise to the top was one of the biggest feel-good stories to Canadian Olympic fans due to a sordid past: He lost his place on the 1996 team because of a positive cocaine test, initially drawing a four-year ban. That penalty was eventually cut down when it came out that he grew up in Montreal with a drug-dealing mother. He has been warmly received since by the equestrian community. Once targeted in the past for substance abuse, an older and wiser Lamaze will come to London with a different target on his back - as the man to beat in show jumping.
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