The German quintet was criticized during the Olympics for using a whip and spurs against her horse. She was shocked by the allegations.
German quintet Annika Schleu is considering laying off her social media activities in the future after the drama at the Tokyo Olympics. “I’m about to say that it is more important for me to deal with it mentally than to make patrons. “I don’t want to expose myself to this hate,” the 31-year-old said in an interview with the weekly Die Zeit. “Once you’ve experienced something like me, it’s very hard to recover from.” (over here originally uploaded article)
Schlio missed a medal in Tokyo after finishing fourth at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, Because the horse she was given refused to ride. After two majors, it was clear that the athlete was still on the gold track. Schleu was left without points for the ride and eventually ranked 31st. The hate that surfaced on social media overlayed disappointment over the missed medal. I was offended by the pictures that showed her crying on the horse.
The coach has been fired
Schleu and national coach Kim Reisner had to face a lot of criticism for their behavior during the competition. At Raisner’s request, Schleu used the whip to lead the horse. The German Olympic delegation subsequently withdrew Reisner’s accreditation.
In the interview, Schleu defends herself against being accused of torturing her horse in a competition. “I didn’t treat the horse very cruelly. I had a crop that was pre-checked. Just like the spurs. I’m really not aware of any cruelty to animals,” Schleu said, but she also admitted that she may have said previously, ‘Well, it has no value.