James Day, equestrian (b at Thornhill, Ont 7 July 1946). A specialist in show jumping, Day was a member - with James ELDER
and Thomas GAYFORD
- of the gold-medal Canadian team at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. James Day first entered international competition in 1964, winning the North American junior jumping championship; in 1966 he was senior champion. He won the individual jumping event at the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg and was on the team that won the Grand Prix events at the North American jumping championship and Royal Horse Show (1969) and the world championships (1970). James Day also represented Canada in both the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.
1968 Equestrian Team
Riders Jim Day, Jim Elder and Tom Gayford (from left to right), gold medallists in show jumping at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. To date, theirs is the only Olympic gold medal Canada has won in equestrian events (courtesy Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, www.sportshall.ca).