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Reiner Klimke

Full name: Reiner Klimke
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (184 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: January 14, 1936 in Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: August 17, 1999 in Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: RuF Gustav Rau, Telgte (GER) / RV St. Georg Münster, Münster (GER)
Country: GER Germany, FRG West Germany
Sport: Equestrianism

Related Olympians: Father of Ingrid Klimke.

Medals: 6 Gold, 2 Bronze (8 Total)

Biography

Reiner Klimke is the most successful dressage rider of all time. Although he began his career in dressage, he switched to eventing and in 1959, helped the FRG win the European team three-day title. He also competed at the 1960 Olympic in the three-day event before he turned back to dressage. Klimke won six Olympic gold medals and eight medals overall at dressage. Both marks are Olympic records for equestrian sport. At the world championships, Klimke has been almost as successful, winning the individual title in 1974 and 1982 and helping West Germany to the team dressage World Championship in 1966, 1974, 1982, and 1986. At the European Championships, Klimke earned seven team and three individual gold medals (1967, 1973, and 1985). Klimke won his Olympic individual gold in 1984 and his world individual gold in 1982 with his favorite horse, Ahlerich. In 1988, Ahlerich, by then a 17-year-old, also helped Klimke to his team gold medal at Seoul. Klimke's career was as a lawyer and a notary.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 24 Roma Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Individual Germany GER 18
1960 Summer 24 Roma Equestrianism Men's Three-Day Event, Team Germany GER AC DNF
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Individual Germany GER 6
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Team Germany GER 1 Gold
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Individual West Germany FRG 3 Bronze
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Team West Germany FRG 1 Gold
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Individual West Germany FRG 3 Bronze
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Team West Germany FRG 1 Gold
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Individual West Germany FRG 1 Gold
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Team West Germany FRG 1 Gold
1988 Summer 52 Seoul Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Individual West Germany FRG 20 DNQ
1988 Summer 52 Seoul Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Team West Germany FRG 1 Gold non-scoring

Mixed Dressage, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Equestrianism Germany Dux Final Standings 6 1,404
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Equestrianism Germany Dux Final Round 6 567
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Equestrianism Germany Dux Qualifying Round 5 QU 837
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Equestrianism West Germany Dux Final Standings 3 1,537
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Equestrianism West Germany Dux Final Round 2 641
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Equestrianism West Germany Dux Qualifying Round 3 QU 896
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Final Standings 3 1,395
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Final Round 3 1,395
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Final Round Judge #1 3 265
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Final Round Judge #2 3 282
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Final Round Judge #3 2 281
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Final Round Judge #4 3 288
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Final Round Judge #5 3 279
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Qualifying Round 3 QU 1,751
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Qualifying Round Judge #1 3 339
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Qualifying Round Judge #2 3 333
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Qualifying Round Judge #3 3 351
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Qualifying Round Judge #4 3 364
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany Mehmed Qualifying Round Judge #5 3 364
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Final Standings 1 1,504
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Final Round 1 1,504
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Final Round Judge #1 1 304
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Final Round Judge #2 1 316
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Final Round Judge #3 1 288
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Final Round Judge #4 1 303
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Final Round Judge #5 1 293
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round 1 QU 1,797
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round Judge #1 1 360
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round Judge #2 1 343
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round Judge #3 1 364
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round Judge #4 1 361
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round Judge #5 1 369
1988 Summer 52 Seoul Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Final Standings 20 DNQ 1,402
1988 Summer 52 Seoul Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round 7 1,402
1988 Summer 52 Seoul Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round Judge #1 9 275
1988 Summer 52 Seoul Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round Judge #2 4 284
1988 Summer 52 Seoul Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round Judge #3 7 285
1988 Summer 52 Seoul Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round Judge #4 8 281
1988 Summer 52 Seoul Equestrianism West Germany Ahlerich Qualifying Round Judge #5 5T 277

Mixed Dressage, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Equestrianism Germany GER Dux Final Standings 1 837
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Equestrianism West Germany FRG Dux Final Standings 1 896
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Equestrianism West Germany FRG Mehmed Final Standings 1 1,751
1984 Summer 48 Los Angeles Equestrianism West Germany FRG Ahlerich Final Standings 1 1,797
1988 Summer 52 Seoul Equestrianism West Germany FRG Ahlerich Final Standings 1 non-scoring 1,402

Men's Three-Day Event, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS SJF STP CCJF CCTP JF TF
1960 Summer 24 Roma Equestrianism Germany Winzerin Final Standings 18 -173.31
1960 Summer 24 Roma Equestrianism Germany Winzerin Dressage 32 -126.51
1960 Summer 24 Roma Equestrianism Germany Winzerin Cross-Country 20T -24.80 0 35.20 0 -60.00
1960 Summer 24 Roma Equestrianism Germany Winzerin Jumping 27 -22.00 2.00 20

Men's Three-Day Event, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1960 Summer 24 Roma Equestrianism Germany GER Winzerin Final Standings AC DNF -173.31
1960 Summer 24 Roma Equestrianism Germany GER Winzerin Dressage 3 non-scoring -295.51
1960 Summer 24 Roma Equestrianism Germany GER Winzerin Cross-Country AC DNF