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Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola (1920 - 2011)



Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola (1 February 1920 in Corneilla-del-Vercol, Pyrénées-Orientales) – 19 July 2011 in Corneilla-del-Vercol) was a French equestrian olympic showjumper. So far being the only double, individual, Olympic Champion. D'Oriola was born in Corneilla-del-Vercol, Pyrénées-Orientales.

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Pierre Jonqueres d'Oriola on Ali Baba at the Olympics in Helsinki 1952
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Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola twice won Olympic gold medals in the individual Jumping event, the only show jumping rider, so far in history to do so.

D'Oriola's first gold medal was won at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, aboard the French gelding, Ali Baba and his second gold at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, riding the French gelding, Lutteur B.

Also at 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.

At the Showjumping World Championships, in Paris, 1953, d'Oriola (on Ali Baba) took a bronze medal in the individual competition. In 1954, at Madrid, aboard Arlequin, he gained a silver in the individual competition. D'Oriola, riding Pomone B, was the gold medal World Champion in showjumping at Buenos Aires in 1966. He was also 4th at the 1953 and 1955, World Championships.

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

D'Oriola's cousin, Christian, was also both an Olympic and World Championship gold medalist, in the sport of fencing.

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Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola on Voulette – Olympic Games in Stockholm 1956
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Unique video with the legendary Pierre Jonqueres d'Oriola after his second Olympic Gold in 1964. At home showing his two Olympic Gold Medals won in the 1964 Tokyo and 1952 Helsinki Olympic games. His horse, Lutteur B, being groomed in the stables near Perpignan where d'Oriola lives. Various shots of d'Oriola on his horse out on a morning gallop. Slow motion shots of d'Oriola jumping in a practise ring.
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