Equestrian great, Gillian Rolton, dies in Adelaide

After a two year battle with endometrial cancer, Olympic equestrian gold medallist Gillian Rolton has died at the age of 61.

Olympic gold medalist Gillian Rolton on her beloved horse Fred takes the torch on its first leg of the Olympic torch relay in Adelaide ahead of the 2000 Sydney games.  Photo: John French

Olympic gold medalist Gillian Rolton on her beloved horse Fred takes the torch on its first leg of the Olympic torch relay in Adelaide ahead of the 2000 Sydney games. Photo: John French

She passed away in Adelaide, the Australian Olympic Committee confirmed on Saturday night.

Rolton won gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games but made headlines around the world and became a household name back home four years later for her ride in Atlanta where she won her second gold medal.

She sustained a broken collarbone and cracked her ribs five minutes into the event when her horse, Peppermint Grove, lost his footing and fell twice. 

Australian equestrians (left to right) Andrew Hoy, Wendy Schaeffer, Phillip Dutton and Gillian Rolton jubilant in the wake of their gold medal win at the Atlanta Olympics. Photo: Ray Kennedy

Australian equestrians (left to right) Andrew Hoy, Wendy Schaeffer, Phillip Dutton and Gillian Rolton jubilant in the wake of their gold medal win at the Atlanta Olympics. Photo: Ray Kennedy

Rolton got back in the saddle both times and successfully completed the course to secure gold

"You don't go to the Games to be a wuss, you don't go to the Games to be a wimp," she told Australian Story.

She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2000 after being only one of eight flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the Sydney games. 

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