Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola

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Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola
Óscar Cristi, Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola, Fritz Thiedemann.jpg
d'Oriola (center) at the 1952 Olympics
Personal information
Born 1 February 1920
Corneilla-del-Vercol, France
Died 19 July 2011 (aged 91)
Corneilla-del-Vercol, France
Height 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Sport Horse riding
Event(s) Show jumping

Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola (1 February 1920 – 19 July 2011) was a French equestrian who competed in show jumping. He is the only person two win two individual Olympic gold medals in this discipline.


D'Oriola's first gold medal was won at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, on the French gelding Ali Baba, and his second gold at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, riding the French gelding Lutteur B. Also in Tokyo, with Janous Lefevre and Guy Lefrant, again riding Lutteur B, he earned a team silver medal in jumping. In Mexico City, 1968, on Nagir, with teammates Lefevre and Jean Marcel Rozier, he acquired another silver in team jumping.[1]

At the 1953 Show Jumping World Championships, in Paris, d'Oriola (on Ali Baba) took a bronze medal in the individual competition. In 1954, at Madrid, on Arlequin, he gained a silver in the individual competition. D'Oriola, riding Pomone B, was the gold medal World Champion in show jumping at Buenos Aires in 1966. He was also fourth at the 1953 and 1955 World Championships.[2]

D'Oriola, with horse Virtuoso, was silver medalist at the European Show Jumping Championships in Paris, 1959.

D'Oriola's cousin, Christian, was also both an Olympic and world champion, but in fencing.[1]


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