Equestrians David and Karen O'Connor and pianist Bill Charlap on this Fresh Air
. Only the second husband and wife team to share a medal in Olympic history, the O'Connors helped win the U.S. a bronze medal and a gold (David O'Connor in the individual event) in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Internationally recognized equestrians, they won a silver medal for the U.S. in the 1996 Olympics. In 2000, the U.S. won the bronze in the Team Three Day Event Dressage. David O'Connor won the gold in the Individual Three Day Event (Jumping, Cross Country, and Dressage). The duo train and run clinics in The Plains, Virginia. Critics call Charlap "one of the strongest mainstream jazz pianists on the scene" and "one of the most gifted interpreters of standards." He has worked with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Benny Carter, Clark Terry, and the Phil Woods Quintet where he remains. His most recent album, Written in the Stars
was released in 2000.
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