Double gold medal winner is ex-Vandyke student

Charlotte Dujardin with her gold medal. Picture courtesy of Christopher Pledger/Daily Telegraph/NOPP
Charlotte Dujardin with her gold medal. Picture courtesy of Christopher Pledger/Daily Telegraph/NOPP

Former Vandyke student Charlotte Dujardin has picked up two gold medals in the Olympics.

First she helped Great Britain win a historic Olympic gold medal in the team dressage at Greenwich Park during London 2012.

Britain has never won an Olympic medal before in the dressage but Charlotte – who was the last British rider to go – kept her cool to record a hugely impressive score of 83.286, which was enough to claim the gold medal over favourites Germany.

She was competing in a team of three alongside Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer.

The 27-year-old then picked up another gold in the individual competition.

Dujardin broke the Olympic record with a score of 90.089 for her routine which featured the theme from the famous film, The Great Escape.

For more on this story and the reaction of her old school in Leighton, see the August 14 issue of the LBO.