Hugo Simon

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Hugo Simon
Hugo Simon 1978.jpg
Hugo Simon at Jumping Amsterdam 1978, which he won
Personal information
Born 3 August 1942 (1942-08-03) (age 75)
Křivá Voda near Šumperk, present-day Czech Republic
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Sport Horse riding
Club RC Schloß Graschnitz, Sankt Marein im Mürztal

Hugo Simon (born 3 August 1942) is an Olympic medal-winning show jumper who took part in six Olympics between 1972 and 1996 (1980 excepted). Before his first Olympic appearance, he competed for West Germany, but in 1972 became an Austrian citizen.[1]

He won a silver medal at age 49 at the team event at the 1992 Olympics on the horse Apricot D. Four years later, at age 53, he came fourth in the individual event after a jump-off involving seven riders competing for two medals.[2]

He was the first person to win three World Cup titles, at the inaugural 1979 contest (on Gladstone) and also in 1997 and 1998 (both on E.T.).[3] This feat was later matched by Rodrigo Pessoa in 2000 and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum in 2009.

Simon is a businessman who has always considered show jumping a favorite hobby. He was still competing as of 2011, at age 68.[4][5][6] He is regarded as the oldest winner of a show jumping Grand Prix,[7] as he won the Grand Prix of Ebreichsdorf (CSI 2*) in May 2011.[8]

Simon competed at his first Olympics in 1972 riding Lavendel. This followed by numerous Grand Prix's nations cups and another four Olympic Games, with The Freak, Gipsy Lady, Apricot D and E.T. Although Simon has had many successful horses it is with the showjumping great E.T. he is best known, along with E.T. Simon won many grand prix's and championships including the Aachen Grand prix in 1998 as well as the world cup final in 1997.

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  1. ^ Hugo Simon Archived 1 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine..
  2. ^ "Equestrianism at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:" Archived 5 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Olympics at
  3. ^ World Cup Results 1996–2009.
  4. ^ Vienna and Salzburg Show Jumping Report. 17 October 2006
  5. ^ Kuerten Wins At Leipzig. Show Jumping News. 16 July 2011
  6. ^ Hugo Simon siegt zum Auftakt in München. (English/German)
  7. ^ Hugo Simon startet seit über 40 Jahren in Dortmund (Hugo Simon starts for over 40 years in Dortmund), (German)
  8. ^ "Weltrekord für Hugo Simon", Kurier, 9 May 2011 (German)

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