Full name: Alberto Valdés Ramos, Sr.
Born: June 25, 1919 in Ciudad de México, Ciudad de México, Mexico
Died: April 14, 2013 in Ciudad de México, Ciudad de México, Mexico
Related Olympians: Father of Alberto Váldes, Jr..
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Born into a military family, Alberto Valdés played baseball and football in his youth and became interested in horses when he was 10-years-old, while living in Paris, France, where his father was a military attaché to the Mexican Consulate. A graduate of Heroico Colegio Militar (Heroic Military College) in Mexico City, Captain Valdés was a member of the Mexican “Dream Team” that dominated show jumping at the 1948 Olympics, where Valdés placed only 10th in the individual event, but as his teammates [Humberto Mariles] and [Rubén Uriza] finished the individual event in first and second place, respectively, the Mexican team won the team jumping gold medal. Valdés also won team jumping bronze at the 1951 Pan-American Games. A career military man, Valdés retired from the force as a colonel and later was active in the Mexican Olympic Medalists Association. His son, also named [Alberto], became a top equestrien, who won team jumping bronze at the 1980 Olympics.
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|1948 Summer||29||London||Equestrianism||Mexico||MEX||Chihuahua||Final Standings||1||20.00|