Fritz Thiedemann

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Fritz Thiedemann
Óscar Cristi, Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola, Fritz Thiedemann.jpg
Thiedemann (right) at the 1952 Olympics
Personal information
Born3 March 1918
Weddinghusen, Schleswig-Holstein, German Empire
Died8 January 2000 (aged 81)
Heide, Germany
Height166 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
SportHorse riding
Event(s)Show jumping
ClubReiterverein Ditmarsia, Heide;
RuFV Ziethen, Elmshorn

Fritz Thiedemann (3 March 1918 – 8 January 2000) was a German equestrian, considered to be one of the greatest show jumpers of his time.[1]


Thiedemann was born as the son of a farmer. His riding talents became clear at a young age, but he could not display them internationally until after World War II. During the war, Theidemann commanded a cavalry unit and was captured and interred at a Russian prison camp by war's end.[1]

At the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Thiedemann won medals in two equestrian disciplines, a feat since unequalled. He placed third in the dressage team event, and won another bronze medal in the individual jumping contest with his favourite horse Meteor, with which he would win all major prizes in his career.[1][2]

The following year, Thiedemann won a jumping silver at the World Championships in Paris. Winning another medal (bronze) in that event in 1956 in Aachen. That same year, he won a gold medal with the United Team of Germany in the 1956 Olympics in Stockholm, while just missing out on an individual medal with a fourth position.[2]

At the 1958 European Championships in Aachen, he took the title. Thiedemann was the flag-bearer of the United Team of Germany (composed of both East and West German athletes) at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. The United Team of Germany successfully defended their jumping title, Thiedemann winning his fourth Olympic medal. In addition, he placed 6th in the individual jumping competition.[2]

Thiedemann died in his birthplace Heide aged 81.[2] The Thiedemann rein is named after him.


  1. ^ a b c Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). The Complete Book of the Olympics – 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press, Limited. pp. 574–5, 580–1, 591.
  2. ^ a b c d Fritz Thiedemann Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Germany Manfred Germar
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Martin Lauer