The Price is right, either way

Tue Jul 26, 2016 2:52pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - If misfortune were to prevent New Zealand rider Jonelle Price from competing in the Rio Olympics, her husband Tim will take her place.

Should anyone else pull out, the couple will form half the eventing team.

Only in the equestrian events, where men and women ride together as a team while also chasing individual medals, could such a situation arise and even then it is unusual.

While other sports -- tennis, badminton and sailing's Nacra17 class -- have mixed events involving pairs, replacements cannot be just slotted in and in any case would have to be of the same gender.

Jonelle, 35 and a team bronze medalist in 2012, is in the four person NZ eventing lineup for the Games while Tim, 37, is the official traveling reserve along with 13-year-old horse Ringwood Sky Boy.

The British-based couple both want to win, which cannot always make for easy conversation over the breakfast table at their Marlborough base, but are also hugely supportive of each other.

"We’re both fiercely competitive and we work day in and day out with each other in the same environment and that definitely has its challenges," Tim Price told Reuters.

"But we’ve overcome those things and found a way to make it an advantage.   Continued...