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Fritz Thiedemann

Full name: Fritz Thiedemann
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5 (166 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: March 3, 1918 in Weddinghusen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Died: January 8, 2000 in Heide, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Affiliations: Reiterverein Ditmarsia, Heide (GER) / RuFV Ziethen, Elmshorn (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Equestrian Fritz Thiedemann entered the SA-Reitersturm in 1936, and was then temporarily delegated to the Wehrmacht, before returning to the SA in 1942. In the last months of World War II, he was captured by the Americans on the Austro-Hungarian border, and interred at a Russian prison camp. He absolved his riding training at the Military Cavalry School in Hannover and later at the Army Riding School in Potsdam, both military riding schools.

In 1952 Thiedemann became the only rider in Olympic history to win a medal at the Olympics in both dressage on [Chronist] and show jumping on [Meteor]. At Stockholm in 1956, and Rome in 1960 he wore the German flag at the opening ceremony. At both Games he was part of the German team that won the gold medals in the team show jumping competition. He also won a silver medal at the 1953 World Championships with [Chronist], and at the 1958 and 1959 European Championships he won a gold and bronze medal respectively. Thiedemann won the Deutsches Spring- und Dressurderby in Hamburg five time 1950-51, 1954, 1958-59.

With [Hans-Günther Winkler], Thiedemann was regarded as the outstanding show jumper in Germany in the 1950s. His best horse [Meteor] is depicted as a bronze statue in front of the Ministry of Agriculture of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel. In 1950 Thiedemann was the first West German sportsman to be awarded the Silver Bay Leaf by president Theodor Heuss. In 1958 Thiedemann was elected West Germany’s Sportsman of the Year and in 1961 the Sports Badge of Schleswig-Holstein and in 1974, the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany). In 2008 he was admitted to the German Sports Hall of Fame.

Thiedemann trained as a farmer. He was also a horse breeder, was employed by the Riding School in Elmshorn, and lent his name to a series of articles about horse sports.

Several streets in Elmshorn are named after some of his horses and the Riding Hall is named after Thiedemann.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Individual Germany GER 12
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Mixed Dressage, Team Germany GER 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Individual Germany GER 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Team Germany GER 6
1956 Equestrian 38 Stockholm Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual Germany GER 4T
1956 Equestrian 38 Stockholm Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team Germany GER 1 Gold
1960 Summer 42 Roma Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual Germany GER 6
1960 Summer 42 Roma Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team Germany GER 1 Gold

Mixed Dressage, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Germany Chronist Final Standings 12 479.50

Mixed Dressage, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Germany GER Chronist Final Standings 3 479.50

Men's Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank F JOF JOT
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Germany Meteor Final Standings 3 8.00 8.00 38.5
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Germany Meteor Round One 1 0.00
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Germany Meteor Round Two 13T 8.00

Mixed Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1956 Equestrian 38 Stockholm Equestrianism Germany Meteor Final Standings 4T 12.00
1956 Equestrian 38 Stockholm Equestrianism Germany Meteor Round One 3T 8.00
1956 Equestrian 38 Stockholm Equestrianism Germany Meteor Round Two 5T 4.00
1960 Summer 42 Roma Equestrianism Germany Meteor Final Standings 6 25.50
1960 Summer 42 Roma Equestrianism Germany Meteor Round One 9 13.50
1960 Summer 42 Roma Equestrianism Germany Meteor Round Two 4T 12.00

Men's Jumping, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Germany GER Meteor Final Standings 6 8.00
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Germany GER Meteor Round One 5 32.00
1952 Summer 34 Helsinki Equestrianism Germany GER Meteor Round Two 5T 28.00

Mixed Jumping, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1956 Equestrian 38 Stockholm Equestrianism Germany GER Meteor Final Standings 1 12.00
1956 Equestrian 38 Stockholm Equestrianism Germany GER Meteor Round One 1 28.00
1956 Equestrian 38 Stockholm Equestrianism Germany GER Meteor Round Two 1 12.00
1960 Summer 42 Roma Equestrianism Germany GER Meteor Final Standings 1 16.00
1960 Summer 42 Roma Equestrianism Germany GER Meteor Round One 1 25.75
1960 Summer 42 Roma Equestrianism Germany GER Meteor Round Two 1 20.75
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