Olympic credentials for Akiko Yamazaki used during the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Olympic credentials for Akiko Yamazaki used during the 2008 Beijing Olympics

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Olympic credentials for horse owner, Akiko Yamazaki used during the 2008 Beijing Olympics is a yellow laminated card with a color photo of Yamazaki in the upper right corner. There is a yellow lanyard with the Beijing Olympics logo throughout attached to the card at the top by two metal hooks. There are three Olympic pins attached to the lanyard and include: Team USA, Peking 2008 and a white flag with a blue cross. Ravel is considered to be the most successful dressage horse in American History. His owner, Aikiko Yamazaki teamed Ravel up with rider Steffen Peters and they went on to a World Cup Final title, they swept the CHIO Aachen, won the only individual World Equestrian Games (WEG) dressage medals for the United States and have come closer to an individual Olympic dressage medal at the 2008 Beijing Games than any American team since 1932, placing fourth. Ravel retired from competition in 2013 and lives with Yamazaki at her Four Winds Farms.
The 2008 Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad were held in Beijing, China with 204 countries, 6,305 men and 4,637 women athletes participating. The swimming competition included 65 World and Olympic records being set which most attribute to the use of the Speedo LZR Racer swimsuit developed in part my NASA. Michael Phelps won eight gold medals at these games, the most of any athlete in a single Olympic Games and broke many records. The LZR Racer was subsequently banned from competition as they gave the competitor a technical edge that was deemed unfair by FINA, the International Federation used by the International Olympic Committee for overseeing international water sport competitions. BMX racing was added to the cycling events and American Nastia Liukin won gold in the all-around gymnastic competition. Two disabled athletes competed in the Olympics instead of the Paralympics because neither used a prosthesis to give them an advantage in competition. The United States won the medal count with 112 but China won the gold medal count with 12 more than the Americans.
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Object Name
olympic credentials
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Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
ribbon (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 25 in x 4 1/2 in x 7 in; 63.5 cm x 11.43 cm x 17.78 cm
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National Museum of American History
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