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Josef Neckermann

Full name: Josef Carl Peter Neckermann
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: June 5, 1912 in Würzburg, Bayern, Germany
Died: January 13, 1992 in Dreieich, Hessen, Germany
Affiliations: RV Gravenbruch, Neu-Isenburg (GER)
Country: GER Germany, FRG West Germany
Sport: Equestrianism

Related Olympians: Father of Eva-Maria Pracht; Grandfather of Martina Pracht.

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Josef Neckermann was among the richest private citizens to have ever competed at the Olympic Games, and he did quite well, winning six medals in the dressage. Neckermann’s Olympics medals were as follows: 1960 – individual bronze, 1964 – team gold (both for the mixed German team), 1968 – team gold and individual silver, 1972 – team silver and individual bronze (all for West Germany). At the World Championships his best performance came in 1966 when he won the individual title and helped the West Germans to the team dressage title.

Neckermann was the father of [Eva-Maria] and the grandfather of [Martina Pracht]. He made his fortune as the owner of one of Europe’s largest department stores. His business made him director of a very successful mail-order company under the slogan Neckermann macht's möglich (Neckermann makes it possible). The company began with the Aryanization of Jewish property, among others of Karl Amson Joel, the grandfather of the US singer and composer Billy Joel. Karl Joel was forced to sell his company to Neckermann for an unrealistic purchase price in 1938, with the original agreement of 2.3 million marks further reduced by Neckermann to 1.1 million marks. In 1957 Joel received a compensation of 2 million German marks from Neckermann for his former company.

After World War II Neckermann was condemned by the USA and was imprisoned until 1946 near Bamberg. After his release, he founded Neckermann Textil-Versand KG in 1950, which made him a synonym for the West German economic miracle.

In 1972, Neckermann was the oldest German Olympic medalist with 60 years and 96 days. In 1967, on the advice of Willi Daume, he founded the foundation Deutsche Sporthilfe, which still promotes high-performance athletes, becoming president of this organization. In the 1970s, his company went bankrupt and was bought up by Karstadt AG. In 1992 his autobiography Im starken Trab (In Strong Trot) was published. He was also a member of the West German National Olympic Committee. In 1988 Neckermann was awarded the Olympic Order in Silver and in 2006 was inducted into the German Sports Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 48 Roma Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Individual Germany GER 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 52 Tokyo Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Individual Germany GER 5
1964 Summer 52 Tokyo Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Team Germany GER 1 Gold
1968 Summer 56 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Individual West Germany FRG 2 Silver
1968 Summer 56 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Team West Germany FRG 1 Gold
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Individual West Germany FRG 3 Bronze
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Team West Germany FRG 2 Silver

Mixed Dressage, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1960 Summer 48 Roma Equestrianism Germany Asbach Final Standings 3 2,082
1960 Summer 48 Roma Equestrianism Germany Asbach Final Round 4 1,011
1960 Summer 48 Roma Equestrianism Germany Asbach Final Round Judge #1 5 325
1960 Summer 48 Roma Equestrianism Germany Asbach Final Round Judge #2 4 333
1960 Summer 48 Roma Equestrianism Germany Asbach Final Round Judge #3 3 353
1960 Summer 48 Roma Equestrianism Germany Asbach Qualifying Round 2 QU 1,071
1960 Summer 48 Roma Equestrianism Germany Asbach Qualifying Round Judge #1 2 349
1960 Summer 48 Roma Equestrianism Germany Asbach Qualifying Round Judge #2 1 363
1960 Summer 48 Roma Equestrianism Germany Asbach Qualifying Round Judge #3 3 359
1964 Summer 52 Tokyo Equestrianism Germany Antoinette Final Standings 5 1,429
1964 Summer 52 Tokyo Equestrianism Germany Antoinette Final Round 5 597
1964 Summer 52 Tokyo Equestrianism Germany Antoinette Qualifying Round 6 QU 832
1968 Summer 56 Ciudad de México Equestrianism West Germany Mariano Final Standings 2 1,546
1968 Summer 56 Ciudad de México Equestrianism West Germany Mariano Final Round 7 598
1968 Summer 56 Ciudad de México Equestrianism West Germany Mariano Qualifying Round 1 QU 948
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Final Standings 3 1,177
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Final Round 3 1,177
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Final Round Judge #1 2 247
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Final Round Judge #2 4 240
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Final Round Judge #3 7 211
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Final Round Judge #4 2T 245
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Final Round Judge #5 3 234
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Qualifying Round 3 QU 1,706
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Qualifying Round Judge #1 2 350
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Qualifying Round Judge #2 4 355
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Qualifying Round Judge #3 8 314
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Qualifying Round Judge #4 4T 347
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany Venetia Qualifying Round Judge #5 5T 340

Mixed Dressage, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1964 Summer 52 Tokyo Equestrianism Germany GER Antoinette Final Standings 1 832
1968 Summer 56 Ciudad de México Equestrianism West Germany FRG Mariano Final Standings 1 948
1972 Summer 60 München Equestrianism West Germany FRG Venetia Final Standings 2 1,706
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