Belgian show jumper Nicola Philippaerts is making his mark in the equestrian world, nine years on from riding to a gold medal in the team event at the YOG Singapore 2010. The 26-year-old finished third overall on the 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour, which included victories in Portugal and France. The wins qualified Philippaerts, along with 15 elite riders, for the GCL Super Grand Prix final in Prague (Czech Republic), where he finished 11th. Phillipaerts, a 2016 Olympian, belongs to an accomplished equestrian family. His father Ludo was the first-ever champion of the GCL in 2006 and also a four-time Olympian, having competed for Belgium at successive Olympic Games from 1992 to 2004. Nicola trains and rides alongside his twin brother Olivier, a team-mate on the London Knights, the top-ranked team in the 2018 Global Champions League.