Hélène de Pourtalès

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Hélène de Pourtalès
Helene de Pourtales.jpg
Personal information
Full name Hélène de Pourtalès
Nationality Swiss
Born (1868-04-28)28 April 1868
New York
Died 2 November 1945(1945-11-02) (aged 77)
Sport Sailing
Class(es) 1 — 2 ton
Club Union des Yachtsmen
Updated on 2014-02-08.

Hélène de Pourtalès (born as Helen Barbey) (April 28, 1868 New York – November 2, 1945 Geneva) was a Swiss sailor who competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics.[1]

Helene de Pourtales c1900.jpg

She was a member of the Swiss boat Lérina, which won the gold medal in the first race of 2-3 ton class and silver medal in the second race of 2-3 ton class. She also participated in the open class, but did not finish. Her husband Hermann as helmsman and her husband's nephew Bernard wase also a crew member. She was also one of the first women to take part in the Olympics. She was very well known after her gold medal in the Olympics where women were allowed to take part for the very first time.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Hélène de Pourtalès Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2014-02-08.