3 October 1928|
|Died||30 October 2007
Born in Perpignan, France, he was World Champion four times (1947, 1949, 1953, and 1954), and twice Olympic Champion (1952, 1956) in the foil individual events. At the 1948 Olympics, at the age of 19, he won a team gold medal and an individual silver medal in foil. At the 1952 Olympics he won gold medals in both the team and individual foil competitions, winning all ten bouts in the team events. In 1956, at the Olympics he again won a gold medal in individual foil, while winning a silver medal in team foil. He was also four time team world champion (1948, 1952, 1953, 1954). Aged 42 he became French champion in the team sabre event in 1970. He is a first cousin of the equestrian Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola. In 1972, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor.
In 2001, the FIE listed the qualities that made Christian d'Oriola "Fencer of the 20th Century": "The speed of his hand, his prodigious technique, his light but devastatingly quick footwork, his instantaneous reactions, his inventiveness and his ability to adapt perfectly from "academic" (non-electric) to electric foil—all this means that Christian d’Oriola remains a model for his successors past and present."
Noting the aesthetic component of his fencing, the FIE stated: "Christian d’Oriola was fencing perfection personified as no-one else has ever been…"
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