Hans Günter Winkler

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Hans Günter Winkler
Hans Günter Winkler 1966.jpg
Hans Günter Winkler in 1966
Medal record
Equestrian
Olympic Games
Competitor for  Germany
Gold 1956 Stockholm Individual jumping
Gold 1956 Stockholm Team jumping
Gold 1960 Rome Team jumping
Gold 1964 Tokyo Team jumping
Competitor for  West Germany
Bronze 1968 Mexico City Team jumping
Gold 1972 Munich Team jumping
Silver 1976 Montreal Team jumping
World Championships
Gold 1954 Madrid Individual jumping
Gold 1955 Aachen Individual jumping
European Championships
Gold 1957 Rotterdam Individual jumping
Bronze 1958 Aachen Individual jumping
Bronze 1961 Aachen Individual jumping
Silver 1962 London Individual jumping
Bronze 1969 Hickstead Individual jumping
Hans Günter Winkler at the 2012 German show jumping and dressage derby in Hamburg

Hans Günter Winkler (born 24 July 1926 in Barmen – now part of Wuppertal) is a retired German show jumping rider. He is the only show jumper to win five Olympic gold medals and seven total Olympic medals, and the only equestrian in any discipline to compete and win medals in six different Olympic Games.

In the 1950s and 1960s Winkler was one of Germany's most popular athletes. He won his first German championship in 1952, making him one of the favorites for the Olympic Games 1956.

1956 found the Equestrian Games in Stockholm, as the athletes and their horses were not allowed to travel to Melbourne due to quarantine restrictions. In the first round, Winkler pulled a groin muscle at the penultimate obstacle, after his mare took off early and threw him out of position. Despite the pain, Winkler decided to ride in the third round, as the German team would be eliminated without him. After he was given tranquilizers, Winkler found that he was comfortable sitting, but riding was difficult and painful. Any drugs that could reduce the pain enough to make him comfortable in the saddle would also reduce his mental capacity, and therefore he was only given black coffee before his ride to try to help reduce his dizziness and double-vision. However, his great mare, Halla, sensed that her rider was not right, and performed the entire course clear with only steering from Winkler, and their performance won them the individual gold.

Winkler won five gold medals in jumping (in addition to the four individual medals with the German team) between 1956 and 1976, and a silver medal. He is one of the most successful German Olympic athletes, second only to the great Reiner Klimke for gold medals produced in German equestrian competition. He was 1955 and 1956 to athlete of the year. In 1986, Winkler retired from active competition. He has since published numerous books on riding and founded in 1991 the HGW-Marketinggesellschaft, a sports marketing firm that has helped produce various equestrian competitions. He is also a member of the German Equestrian Federation's Jumping Committee, and helped to select the 2000 Olympic Team for Germany.

Hans Günter Winkler also received the Federal Cross of Merit, and the media award Bambi and the 2002 award as weltbester jumping at the Olympic Games.

Major achievements[edit]

  • Olympic Games
    • 1956 Stockholm: Team gold medal and individual gold medal on Halla
    • 1960 Rome: Team gold medal. Individually finished 5th on Halla
    • 1964 Tokyo: Team gold medal. Individually finished 16th on Fidelitas
    • 1968 Mexico City: Team bronze medal. Individually finished 5th on Enigk
    • 1972 Munich: Team gold medalon Torphy
    • 1976 Montreal: Team silver medal. Individually finished 10th on Torphy
  • European championships
    • 1957 Rotterdam: Individual gold medal on Sonnenglanz
    • 1958 Aachen: Individual bronze medal on Halla
    • 1961 Aachen: Individual bronze medal on Romanus
    • 1962 London: Individual silver medal on Romanus
    • 1969 Hickstead: Individual bronze medal on Enigk
  • Other
    • Five German Championships (1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1959)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Halla, My horse and I! – Warendorf : FN Verlag, New edition July 2007
  • Springreiten. – München : Dt. Bücherbund, 1980
  • Bryant, Jennifer O. Olympic Equestrian, A Century of International Horse Sport. Lexington, KY: Blood-Horse Publications, 2008

Literature[edit]

  • Ludwig, Dieter: Hans Günter Winkler. – Warendorf : FN-Verl., 1983. – ISBN 3-88542-025-2
  • Eckhard F. Schröter: The happiest place on earth. The life and career of German riders.. Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Frankfurt a. M. 1980, ISBN 3-596-23019-5

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