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Boss's Daughter Hunts a Place in 2020 Olympics

Jessica Springsteen competes in equestrian show jumping
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2019 3:43 PM CDT
Bruce and Jessica Springsteen attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in England in 2011.   (AP Photo/Steve Parsons/PA)
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(Newser) – Jessica Springsteen grew up watching her parents onstage at arenas and stadiums. Now, she's working to earn her place on a big stage of another kind: the 2020 Summer Olympics. The daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa competes in equestrian show jumping and is ranked fifth in the US, CBS News reports. The sport is intense: Competitors ride horses galloping as fast as 30mph over 13 jumps as high as six feet under a time limit, usually less than 90 seconds. The mental aspect is important. "You're just focused on what you're doing, what the horse is feeling," Springsteen says.

To prepare for the Summer Games in Tokyo, she trains on six horses a day in Florida. Springsteen also competes around the world in the Longines Global Champions Tour and the Global Champions League, per CNN. Her parents often watch, arranging their schedules so they can catch her events. Her famous father "finds watching me ride really relaxing, I think," Jessica says. "I don't think he gets as nervous as my mom but they both really love to come." She won't find out if she's made the Olympic Team until next year. Bruce Springsteen has promised a tour next year, per Rolling Stone, and he said he'll go abroad, though he hasn't released dates. He could be leaving the end of July and the first part of August open. (Read more Summer Olympics stories.)

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