Lee Pearson - Biography

Biography

Pearson was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and first came to public attention in 1980 when then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher carried him up stairs in 10 Downing Street having awarded him a 'Children of Courage' medal. He currently lives in Cheddleton, Staffordshire.

He turned professional after he was inspired by the Atlanta Olympics. He won three gold medals in the championship dressage, freestyle dressage, and team dressage events at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics. He won gold in the team dressage event at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, silver in the championship dressage and bronze in the freestyle.

He noted after his failure to win gold in the freestyle competition in London that he had been voted down by one judge but said that he would compete at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, on a different horse. Despite a comparatively disappointing medal return during the 2012 Paralympics, Pearson felt that his latest gold was grounds for the award of a knighthood in the 2013 New Year's Honours; his response created a public backlash.

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