Jean de Suarez d'Aulan
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Jean de Suarez d'Aulan (November 20, 1900 – October 8, 1944) was a French aviator, auto racer, bobsledder, and soldier. He was a very wealthy, powerful, influential and important man making himself known to many. He came from a powerful French aristocratic family as well as one of the oldest Spanish aristocracies. The aristocratic family became very powerful in Spain, to such a level they almost overthrew the king, Charles V. Although as they were seen as a threat as one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in Spain and Europe, King Charles V of Spain chased the main branch of the family out of Spain to France where they were given the new titles of Marquis and Count by the French sovereign. From there the family became loyal to France and became one of the country's most powerful aristocratic families.
As a bobsledder, d'Aulan won a bronze medal in the four-man event at the 1934 FIBT World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Competing in four Winter Olympics, his best finish was fourth in the four-man event at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix.
Auto racing career
During World War I, d'Aulan fought in the 5th battalion in the infantry, enlisting in 1918. After France fell in 1940, d'Aulan fought for the Allies as a fighter pilot as a second lieutenant. He was killed over Germany during World War II when his Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109.
d'Aulan married Anne Marie Yolande Kunkelmann in 1926. They had four children. Francois ( 10th Marquis of Aulan ) Catherine ( married with Claude Taittinger ), Guilaine ( married with Count de Poix ) and Philippe.
- 1936 bobsleigh two-man results
- Bobsleigh four-man world championship medalists since 1930
- 1925 Le Mans 24 hour race classification
- Champagne region of France profile (in French)
- Portrait (in French)
- Wallenchinsky, David. (1984). "Bobsled: Four-man." In The Complete Book of the Olympics: 1896-1980. New York: Penguin Books. p. 559.
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