Rio 2016: Christian Zimmerman, Dressage
Perhaps the most curious addition to the team is 55 year old Christian Zimmerman. Zimmerman previously competed on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in the World Equestrian Championships and obtained Palestinian citizenship in 2013.
Zimmerman has suggested that his decision to represent Palestine is partly motivated by a feeling of solidarity, stating:
we, […] have a responsibility to both sides and must have a proper perspective