Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola

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Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola
Medal record
Competitor for  France
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1952 Helsinki Individual jumping
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo Individual jumping
Silver medal – second place 1964 Tokyo Team jumping
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City Team jumping
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1966 Buenos Aires Individual jumping
Silver medal – second place 1954 Madrid Individual jumping
Bronze medal – third place 1953 Paris Individual jumping
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1959 Paris Individual jumping

Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola (1 February 1920 in Corneilla-del-Vercol (Pyrénées-Orientales) – 19 July 2011 in Corneilla-del-Vercol) was a French equestrian, who competed in the sport of show jumping. So far being the only double, individual, Olympic Champion. D'Oriola was born in Corneilla-del-Vercol, Pyrénées-Orientales.


Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola twice won Olympic gold medals in the individual Jumping Grand Prix event, the only show jumping rider, so far in history to do so. D'Oriola's first gold medal was won at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, aboard the French gelding, Ali Baba and his second gold at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, riding the French gelding, Lutteur B. Also at Tokyo, with Janous Lefevre and Guy Lefrant, again riding Lutteur B, he earned a team silver medal in jumping. In Mexico City, 1968, on Nagir, with teammates Lefevre and Jean Marcel Rozier, he acquired another silver in team jumping.

At the Show Jumping World Championships, in Paris, 1953, d'Oriola (on Ali Baba) took a bronze medal in the individual competition. In 1954, at Madrid, aboard Arlequin, he gained a silver in the individual competition. D'Oriola, riding Pomone B, was the gold medal World Champion in show jumping at Buenos Aires in 1966. He was also 4th at the 1953 and 1955, World Championships.[1]

D'Oriola, with horse Virtuoso, was silver medalist at the European Show Jumping Championships in Paris, 1959.

D'Oriola's cousin, Christian, was also both an Olympic and World Championship gold medalist, in the sport of fencing.


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