Jessica Rae Springsteen is most well-known for being the only child of Bruce Springsteen, one the most famous singer-songwriters of all-time. But the 29-year old equestrian jumper could be the star of her Olympic debut in Tokyo on Team USA this week.
Bruce Springsteen and Jessica Springsteen are backstage following a performance of "The Last Ship" at the...[+] Neil Simon Theatre in New York City on October 15, 2014. Getty Images
The Key Facts
Springsteen is currently ranked 14th worldwide in equestrian jump. She could make her Olympic debut during the individual jumping event. The team jumping event begins on Friday. Four U.S. jumpers were qualified for the Olympics this year, but only three of them will be allowed to compete in each event at this year's Tokyo Games. The final lineup is not yet known. Springsteen, at 29, is the youngest equestrian jumping competitor on Team USA. This event regularly hosts some of the Olympics' oldest athletes. Springsteen will be paired with Don Juan van de Donkhoeve (12 years old), who Springsteen has ridden in international events ever since 2019.
Jessica Springsteen competes in the International Longines Global Champion Tour, June 9, 2016, in... [+] Cannes. France. Getty Images
Springsteen will compete at the Tokyo Games for the first time this summer. However, she was an alternate for the 2012 London Games as a Duke University student. Springsteen was born on Stone Hill Farm in Colts Neck (New Jersey), where she started riding at age 4. Springsteen said that riding horses and growing up in New Jersey allowed her to have a normal childhood, despite Bruce being one the most successful musicians of all time. Springsteen was also able to overcome her childhood shyness by participating in equestrian events. Springsteen stated in 2015 that she was shy and awkward with people for a while. Springsteen stated in 2015 that she was awkward and introverted for a long time.
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