Cornelissen didn't want to let her team down, and since Parzival looked better, and the veterinarians said he'd be fine, she decided to go ahead and compete.
She sat astride Parival and entered the arena. But he didn't feel very powerful. "When I entered, I already felt he was giving his utmost," she wrote. "Being the fighter he is, he never gives up."
But it still didn't feel right, after all Parzival had gone through since arriving in Rio.