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Rio Olympics have first qualified entries

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(LtoR) Germany’s team captain Klaus Roeser, Kristina Sprehe, Helen Langehanenberg, Isabell Werth and Fabienne Lutkeimeier celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal on August 26, 2014 during the second session of the Dressage Grand Prix of the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games at D’Ornano Stadium in the northwestern French city of Caen. AFP PHOTO /CHARLY TRIBALLEAU (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

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The first nations to qualify spots in the Rio 2016 Olympics were Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands.

Germany won the team dressage event at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, on Tuesday. Great Britain won silver, and the Netherlands bronze in the first competition among all sports to qualify spots for Rio de Janeiro in two years, according to The Associated Press.

The same three nations made up the 2012 Olympic podium in team dressage.

The U.S. was fourth Tuesday, just missing the medals and automatic Rio qualification. The U.S. placed sixth in team dressage at London 2012 and hasn’t won a dressage medal since team bronze in 2004. Dressage is the only equestrian discipline in which the U.S. has never won Olympic gold.

While Tuesday marked the first spots qualified, the first specific athletes named to the Rio Olympics are still to come. Also, Olympic host nations generally receive automatic (or very easily attainable) qualification in most sports.

The World Equestrian Games continue through Sept. 7.

Of notable absence at the competition is U.S. show jumper Jessica Springsteen, the 22-year-old daughter of Bruce Springsteen. She was placed on the U.S.’ nominative list to compete but did not make the final cut of five riders. Watch her name as an Olympic hopeful over the next two years as she gains experience.

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