WATCH: Eddie Izzard’s Guide to the Great Olympic Sport of Dressage
August 6 / Geoff Magliocchetti / SportsGrid
Like you and me, British stand-up comic/actor Eddie Izzard, is very much looking forward to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which held its Opening Ceremonies last night in Rio de Janiero.
The Olympics afford us a chance to watch sports we would never, not in a million years, ever watch otherwise. Sure, you have the staples like basketball, swimming and gymnastics, all of which are to the general public's liking. However, the deeper we go into the games...heck, even at their earliest onset...we're treated to events that not only we would never watch if not further provoked, but ones we haven't even heard of.
And that's where Izzard and the highly decorated sport of dressage come in.
Defined on Wikipedia as "a highly skilled form of riding performed in exhibition and competition, as well as an "art" sometimes pursued solely for the sake of mastery", dressage has been part of the Olympics since the 1912 Games at Stockholm. Judged by a horse and rider's ability to perform a series of predetermined movements from memory, the events at the Olympics are not exactly the most anticipated, but they remain part of the Olympic calendar.
Izzard, who is likely best known to American audiences via his appearances in the latter two films of the Ocean's Eleven trilogy, is currently on his Force Majeure tour, which recently came to America at New York City's famed Beacon Theater. A staple of the tour is his guide to dressage, which always draws a big laugh from audiences with his in-depth commentary and constant voice changes. Be warned, however, as the above video is NSFW.
Should you be so inclined to check out dressage for yourself, in continues tomorrow at 10 AM EST
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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