Hélène de Pourtalès

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Hélène de Pourtalès
Helene de Pourtales.jpg
Personal information
Birth name Helen Barbey
Nationality Swiss
Born (1868-04-28)28 April 1868
New York City, United States
Died 2 November 1945(1945-11-02) (aged 77)
Geneva, Switzerland
Height Unknown
Sailing career
Class(es) 1 — 2 ton
Club Union des Yachtsmen
Coach Unknown
Updated on 8 May 2015.

Hélène de Pourtalès (28 April 1868 New York City – 2 November 1945 Geneva), born as Helen Barbey, was a Swiss sailor who competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics.[1]


Helene de Pourtales c1900.jpg

She was a crewmember of the Swiss boat Lérina, which won the gold medal in the first race of 2-3 ton class and silver medal in the second race of 2-3 ton class. She also participated in the open class but did not finish. Her husband Hermann as helmsman and her husband's nephew Bernard was also a crew member. She was also one of the first women to take part in the Olympics. She was very well known after her gold medal in the Olympics where women were allowed to take part for the very first time, becoming the first woman to win a gold medal 2 months before Charlotte Cooper.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Hélène de Pourtalès Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympic Sports. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-08.