LONDON (AP) — Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, will stay in the Athletes' Village in London this summer when she competes in Olympic equestrian events.
The 31-year-old Phillips told reporters at a news conference Tuesday that she was very excited to be part of Britain's eventing team, a difficult discipline that combines the skills of dressage, cross-country and show jumping.
The former world champion and her horse, High Kingdom, were named to the team last week. She had been considered a long shot until recently, when a series of strong performances in Britain's sodden countryside gave her momentum.
The moment is sweet for Phillips in part because she had to withdraw from competing in the 2008 Beijing Games when her horse, Toytown, became injured.