Fritz Thiedemann

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Fritz Thiedemann
Medal record
Olympic Games
Competitor for  Germany
Gold medal – first place 1956 Stockholm Team jumping
Gold medal – first place 1960 Rome Team jumping
Bronze medal – third place 1952 Helsinki Team dressage
Bronze medal – third place 1952 Helsinki Individual jumping
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1953 Paris Individual jumping
Bronze medal – third place 1956 Aachen Individual jumping
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1958 Aachen Individual jumping
Bronze medal – third place 1959 Paris Individual jumping

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


Born in the town of Heide (Schleswig-Holstein), 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.

At the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Thiedemann achieved a unique performance, winning 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.

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.

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.

Thiedemann died in his birthplace Heide at age 81.

The Thiedemann rein is named after him.


  • Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). The Complete Book of the Olympics - 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press, Limited. pp. 574–5, 580-1, 591.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Germany Manfred Germar
German Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Martin Lauer