Its very important to say thank you to all the people who help me and allow me to ride so many great horses,” he said modestly.
It could also be reasonably argued that winning the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing is probably more prestigious than any of the other Olympic or World Championship gold medals, “I think this is really special, just one person has won it before which says that its really difficult to have all three in a row,” Jung agreed.
“You win one competition but then you start again from the beginning at the next and chance coming second,” which just gives you a glimpse into the brain of a champion – not even third place enters his mind as a possibility, let alone not even completing the competition!
He also takes home a 3/4 size replica of the trophy and a one off bespoke made Rolex watch to add to his ever-growing collection. But now that “Sam” has taken Jung to Olympic and Grand Slam glory, will he be calling it a day after Rio?
“I always joke a bit that maybe the last competition is Tokyo for Sam, but he is in super form at the moment so we are really not thinking about when he might finish, but very much looking forwards with such a special horse.” I can hear every Sam super-fan breathing a collective sigh of relief.
The top three final result did not alter from the standings after cross country day as both second placed Andreas Ostholt and third placed Gemma Tattersall also jumped clear rounds to maintain their positions.
Micheal Jung wins Badminton 2016 In a fitting climax to the 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Michael Jung not only becomes the first German to win the Badminton trophy, but also becomes the second winner of The Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing and create eventing history.
In front of a packed crowd on the final day, Jung on board his mount La Biosthetique-Sam FBW gave a pure show jumping masterclass.
The 16 year old bay gelding never touched a pole the entire round, and in doing so propelled Jung into the history books with the lowest ever winning score in the history of Badminton Horse Trials.
Leading from start to finish throughout the entire event, the combination could be accused of making the competition look easy, but with the best winning margin for 10 years, a total of 9 penalty points ahead of his nearest rival, it just goes to show how much class this pair have.
Ever the Mr Cool, Jung was surprisingly composed at the press conference, but according to him it will take some time to become accustomed to the title of Badminton and Rolex Grand Slam champion.
“I need the time to realise that I have done it, but it is a very special moment for me and it’s a very big occasion,” he said of his win.
“We always said that this was a normal competition, it wasn’t for the grand slam and it’s not special, it’s not Badminton,” Jung smiled.
But in the same breath he was keen to impress just how grateful he was for his support team, “it’s not just me on my horse, that’s a win for the whole team.