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Photo: Devon—Daniel Bluman and Bacara. by D’Archonfosse.

For many show-jumping champions, physical fitness has become an integral part of their training.

“I work out regularly, probably more four or five days of the week,” Kraut, a 52-year-old American who won team gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, told CNN. “Particularly as I am getting older, I feel like it’s more and more important to keep your core strong because so much of riding is balance,” she said. “It’s not so much leg strength, or arm strength, it’s the core strength that’s very, very important.”