Eric Lamaze tells all in uncensored video


Eric Lamaze’s “Unbridled” interview has been made available to viewers for free. In the video, Lamaze freely discusses his life story, ranging from his health, Hickstead’s death and failed drug tests, to his Olympic glory and hopes for the future.

The interview was conducted with NEE TV Founder, Ali Nilforushan.

Lamaze’s life story reads like a best-selling novel. From humble beginnings and two missed Olympic appearances due to failed drug tests, Lamaze earned the ultimate redemption at the 2008 Olympic Games by winning the individual gold medal and leading Canada to the team silver with his beloved Hickstead. Losing his horse of a lifetime so publicly during competition a few years later came as a devastating blow that had Lamaze seriously considering retiring from the sport. Now, he is in the fight of his life as he battles a brain tumour, all while displaying a super-human ability to continue competing at the top level internationally.

On his ban from the 1996 Olympics due to a failed drug test: “It’s hard to get up in the morning. You realize you’ve made a big mistake. Boy, it’s tough. The world hates you. It’s very difficult and lonely. You think your career is over, but you do have three or four people that will stand by you and push you to keep going.”

On stallion Hickstead’s death in the show ring: “The horse took care of me how he went down. That horse was going to die as a movie star, as a hero. He was going to make a statement.”

On how his brain tumor has changed him personally: “To this day I still am I’m not completely comfortable because I’ve been alone for so long by choice. .. I’m trying to leave what’s left in me for riding or teaching.”

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4 thoughts on “Eric Lamaze tells all in uncensored video

  • September 13, 2020 at 10:45 am

    What you have accomplished is almost beyond belief- it happened . The man whom you have become is something that some people would love to achieve. That journey requires tenacity, a lot of courage, faith that it could be done. and a great deal of very hard work.
    It would have been so easy to just not try again and again. There were times when you wanted to quit!
    Every since I first heard of you, you have been a reason to cheer, admire and respect. If you could keep going so could I. I’m not a good rider but I’m really good at taking care of horses.
    Thank you for the really great care that you give to them, because I have seen too much of the other.
    Hickstead was your destiny, and I will always remember his heart and his love for you.
    So you have made it, and continue to win, and that has helped me to get well.
    “Some men see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were and say why not!”
    That to me is what I see in you, Way to go. I send you joy and a wish for better health. Congratulations on it all.

  • December 4, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you so much for getting this interview with Eric. I am a fan of course and I think about him so much and how he would be terribly missed if he doesn’t get back to competing. My heart tells me he will be back and I would so look forward to him taking part in the next Olympics. We will all pray for that. This was such a heartwarming interview. Very much appreciated. Karen Duschek from 100 Mile House in BC Canada

  • May 26, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Hey! Hello! It’s a wonderfull interview. I Love it…..Lamaze is an inspiration to me. I’m super fan of him and Hickstead. Be safe!

  • June 14, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    What a wonderful interview. And what a wonderful, incredible man. But Canadians have always known that about Eric Lamaze. Sending so much love and best wishes to you, Eric. Canada is pulling for you. You will beat this.


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