DURANT Pierre (1955) France / Equestrian
Having seen Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola win at the Tokyo games in '64, Pierre Durant was taken by the desire to become a rider. But his energy alone would not be enough to satisfy his ambitions. It would need skill and a good horse.Having acquired an unruly little black horse by the name of Jappeloup, and failed to win anything in Los Angeles, the man-horse team won gold in Seoul in 88. By way of associating his horse with his success, Pierre Durant attached his gold medal to the horse's withers before embarking on his lap of honour.When his career as a rider finished, Pierre Durant, who was a lawyer by profession went on to run the French Horse-Riding Federation. He resigned in 1998 when he realised he had failed in his attempt to unify the various disciplines.