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Ian Millar

Ian Millar
  • Born: 01/06/1947
  • Age: 67
  • Height: 185cm
  • Weight: 76kg
  • Birthplace: Halifax, NS

Please note: the information below is accurate as of the London 2012 Olympic Games and will be updated in advance of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Equestrian and Canadian Olympic icon Ian Millar made his record 10th appearance at an Olympic Games in 2012 where he competed in the individual and team jumping events. Together with Jill Henselwood and Eric Lamaze, he finished fifth in the team event. He went on to record his best-ever Olympic result in the individual event, finishing tied for ninth with his horse Star Power.

Millar is one of the most successful competitors in the history of Canadian show jumping. First named to the Canadian Equestrian Team in 1971, he has gone on to represent Canada proudly. He made his Olympic debut at Munich 1972 and competed at each Games thereafter, aside from the boycotted Moscow 1980 Games. Millar captured his first Olympic medal at Beijing 2008, taking silver in the team event at age 61.

His Pan American Games record is equally impressive, earning nine medals in eight Pan Am appearances, more than any other show jumping athlete.

Prior to setting his Olympic and Pan American Games records, it was the World Cup of show jumping where Millar first broke new ground. In 1988 and 1989, he and his legendary mount, Big Ben, became the first-ever horse and rider combination to win back-to-back World Cup Finals.

Millar is a member of the Order of Canada, was Ontario’s Athlete of the Year in 1989, was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Guelph in 2005.

Ian makes his home at Millar Brooke Farm in Perth, Ontario, just outside of Ottawa, with his children, Jonathon and Amy, who have both been Canadian Show Jumping Team members.

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1972 MunichOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingTeam - Mixed - 6
1976 MontrealOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingTeam - Mixed - 5
1980 MoscowOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - Jumping - - -
1984 Los AngelesOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingTeam - Mixed - 4
1984 Los AngelesOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingIndividual - Mixed - 14
1988 SeoulOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingTeam - Mixed - 4
1988 SeoulOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingIndividual - Mixed - 15
1992 BarcelonaOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingTeam - Mixed - 9
1992 BarcelonaOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingIndividual - Mixed - 54
1996 AtlantaOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingTeam - Mixed - 16
1996 AtlantaOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingIndividual - Mixed - 46
2000 SydneyOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingTeam - Mixed - 9
2000 SydneyOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingIndividual - Mixed - 13
2004 AthensOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingIndividual - Mixed - 22
2008 BeijingOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingIndividual - Mixed - 23
2008 BeijingOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingTeam - Mixed - Silver
2012 LondonOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingTeam - Mixed - 5
2012 LondonOlympic Summer GamesEquestrian - JumpingIndividual - Mixed - 9
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