Equestrian vaulting is a sport in which gymnastic routines are performed on horseback while the horse trots in a fixed circle. The horse is fitted with a special pad with handles to aid performers in their routines. Athletes mount the horse as it is moving, and perform individually or in groups as the horse trots or canters in a wide circle. Though it is especially popular in Europe, the sport is practiced competitively in countries around the world. Is equestrian vaulting an Olympic sport?
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Back in the day
Renowned for her beauty, Elizabeth of Bavaria married her cousin, Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria, but disliked the rigid etiquette of the Viennese court. She therefore spent much of her life wandering abroad. In 1898, an Italian anarchist stabbed the 60-year-old empress in the chest with a sharpened file while she was travelling in Geneva, killing her. Her domestic life is said to been an unhappy one, marred by family tragedies like the death of her only son in what sensational incident?
Born on a day like today
Born in Pennsylvania, Doolittle traveled to Europe in 1911 and stayed there the rest of her life. In England, under the influence of Ezra Pound, she became associated with the imagists and developed into one of the most original poets of the group. She combined classical themes with modernist techniques to create clear, impersonal, sensuous verse. Doolittle, who became an icon of the gay-rights and feminist movements after her death, was once involved in a love triangle with what other writers?