William Fox-Pitt, born in Hampstead, U.K., began riding at the age of 4. He holds the record of six wins at the Burghley Horse Trials and team silver and individual bronze at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. He represented Great Britain at the 1996 Olympics/Atlanta, 2004 Olympics/Athens, 2008 Olympics/Beijing, 2012 Olympics/London, and the 2016 Olympics/Rio, winning team silver in Athens, team bronze in Beijing and team silver in London. In 2006 he was ranked the leading rider in Britain for the sixth year running and 2nd in the world, and as of 2014 he was ranked 1st in the world.

In October 2015, a fall at a competition in France left him in a coma for two weeks. After regaining consciousness, he had initial trouble with blindness and then double vision, but was  able to earn a spot on the British team for the 2016 Olympics and returned to international competition with the stallion Chilli Morning, earning him the nickname of The Comeback King. Video by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).