Jessica Springsteen, the daughter of longtime musician Bruce Springsteen, made it a point to thank those who helped her Olympic dream “come true.”
In her first Olympic showing, Jessica Springsteen earned the silver medal in equestrian team jumping. PopCulture.com reported on her words of thanks.
The 29-year-old did not single out her famous father. Instead, she mentioned her horse and show groom, Don Juan van de Donkhoeve and her show groom Josie Eliasson, on Instagram.
“Biggest thank you to Don for making my dreams come true! And [Josie Eliasson] for believing in us every step of the way,” Jessica Springsteen wrote alongside a series of photos.
For more than five years, Eliasson worked with Springsteen. Jessica Springsteen’s horse began his career in Europe. The two first competed in 2019 and have been together for 12 years.
After Springsteen won her medal, she tried talking with her parents on the other side of the world. The Daily Mail reported that it was joyful but hard to understand.
“I FaceTimed them really quickly,” she said. “They were all screaming, and I don’t think we understood a word anyone was saying. I couldn’t make any of it out, but I know they were all excited.”
Jessica Springsteen started riding horses at an early age, growing up in New Jersey. Her famous parents hoped to keep her out of the spotlight at an early age.
Others reached out to Bruce Springsteen’s daugther
In another congratulatory moment, a Bruce Springsteen bandmate reached out to the woman. The Asbury Park Press reported Van Zandt’s Tweet.
“Congradulations Jesse Springsteen and Team USA!” “Silver Freakin Medal Baby! Amazing! A second and a half from Gold! And congradulations to Sweden. Fantastic riding all around (and yes, I spell it with a ‘d’ the way it’s pronounced and how I first saw it on the Stones’ 12 x 5!).”
On Saturday, mom Patti Scialfa posted her happiness in an Instagram post.
“BRINGING HOME THE SILVER (horse emoji),” said mom in a Saturday Instagram post. “Congratulations to the USA 2020 Equestrian Jumping Team!! What a day …what a ride …”
Scialfa also thanked Springsteen’s British-born riding coach, Nick Skelton.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy congratulated Springsteen in a Tweet soon after she competed.
“Congratulations to New Jersey’s own Jessica Springsteen for bringing home the silver in equestrian team jumping!” Murphy Tweeted.
The 29-year-old served as an alternate in the 2012 London Games. She did not make the 2016 Rio Games. In a Billboard story about her failed 2016 Olympics quest, the trade publication said she was a showjumping champion rider for the United States Equestrian Team. She also worked for Gucci as an equestrian ambassador.