How do Olympic horses travel to 2021 Tokyo games? By flight and truck

Imagine flying to the Tokyo Olympics in business class, enjoying in-flight meals and even grooming. That’s how the Olympic horses traveled as they jetted off to Tokyo in time to compete. 

The horses even had their own passports. 

More than 300 horses have traveled to Tokyo to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics. Airplanes, 19 of them, and 185 truck journeys were needed to transport the equine passengers, The Chronicle of the Horse reported

Nine U.S. athletes will compete in the Tokyo Olympics across the three equestrian disciplines, in addition to three athletes at the Paralympics.

But the horses

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Cyclist’s Olympic Dream Becomes $200,000 Medical Bill Nightmare After Bike Crash : Shots

Phil Gaimon was racing for a spot in the Olympics when he crashed with a fellow cyclist. He sailed over the handlebars and hit the ground hard. The result: a fractured collarbone, five broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung, a broken shoulder blade and huge medical bills.

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Phil Gaimon was racing for a spot in the Olympics when he crashed with a fellow cyclist. He sailed over the handlebars and hit the ground hard. The result: a fractured collarbone, five broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung, a broken shoulder blade

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