SORDID DRUG SHAME OF DOUBLE OLYMPIC CHAMP; WHILE HIS WIFE'S AWAY SETTING UP A NEW FAMILY HOME, MARK TODD CBE IS SNORTING COCAINE WITH A GAY LOVER IN A HOTEL ROOM - Snorted Coke in Hotel Room, Had Unprotected Gay Sex, Made Lover Wear Riding Gear, Used Horsebox for Romps, Slept with Friend's Wife, Boasted of Royal Contacts
Gardner, Andy, Sunday Mirror (London, England)
HE is hailed as one of the 100 greatest sportsmen of all time, a double Olympic champion, holder of the CBE and friend of the Royal Family.
Equestrian hero Mark Todd is described by Princess Anne's ex-husband Mark Phillips as "the most gifted three-day event rider the world has ever seen".
But behind his sporting success and worldwide fame, father-of-two Todd leads a sordid double life, snorting cocaine and picking up gay men.
The Sunday Mirror can reveal that only last Wednesday, as his wife Carolyn was sorting out their new home in New Zealand, Todd, 44, was having unprotected sex with a 24-year-old man in a four-star hotel on the outskirts of Oxford.
The 6ft 2in Olympic champion even made his partner - who he had seduced five days earlier in a horsebox - don riding gear for their sex session.
And in an extraordinary, coke-fuelled series of indiscretions, he told his pick-up how he planned to outwit tough drug-testing procedures before this year's Games in Sydney.
The rider, winner of individual gold medals at the Los Angeles and Seoul Olympics, said: "Do you want a line of coke? I enjoy smoking grass best of all but I can't do this because it stays in the system for about three weeks or so.
"We have been told that we would be tested before the Olympics."
He then joked: "I'm an Olympic athlete, my boy. I'm in serious training."
Todd, made a MBE by the Queen in 1984 and a CBE in 1995, added: "My favourite drug of all is Ecstasy."
In the past Todd, who owns a 200-acre farm in Gloucestershire, has spoken of the evils of drugs. He says he fears for his 11-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son.
In his autobiography So Far, So Good, he states: "You read all these stories about kids going off the rails, running away and getting into drugs, all sorts of horrific things, and that really terrifies me."
But last Wednesday afternoon, such concerns seemed far from his mind.
Earlier he had made an arrangement to meet the man - who has asked to be identified as David - at the hotel. During the phone call, Todd promised: "I will bring some gear."
At 3.30pm, he parked his dark-blue Saab Estate at the back of the hotel. He smiled at David, who was drinking a pint of lager at a patio table, before shaking hands. Todd then removed a black holdall from the boot of the car and a canvas bag. Five minutes later, he entered room 109. He put the bags down and removed a package. Hidden in a newspaper was a bottle of New Zealand Lindauer rose sparkling wine.
Todd produced two champagne glasses and poured the wine, which costs pounds 7.49 from Threshers. He said: "Do you like pink Champagne? It goes well with the cocaine."
Todd, dressed in a light blue jumper and dark jeans, slumped on the double bed. He told David: "A lot of people would be wetting themselves if they knew I was here with you."
He then revealed he had brought along his full equestrian riding kit - including boots with his name printed on them. He asked David: "Do you think we should get you dressed up?" Then he added: "Do you want a line of coke?" David declined as Todd removed a small, black leather pouch from the holdall and took out a folded piece of paper.
He sprinkled the white powder on the coffee table. Then he cut the cocaine into two lines with his Barclays bank card.
Todd knelt by the coffee table and snorted a line of cocaine. He said: "I don't normally do it, actually. Do you know, this is the first time I have ever bought any."
There followed a candid confession about drug-taking - and his awareness of Olympic drug testing.
A minute later he returned to the bed and using his wife's moisturising oil, gave David a massage. He then removed two sets of jodhpurs from the holdall and said: "You can have very tight ones or not so tight ones." David dressed in Todd's equestrian jacket, white shirt, black tie and knee-length black riding boots. …