JONQUERES D'ORIOLA Pierre (1920), France / Equestrian
This Catalan rider is still the greatest French equestrian to date. He won two medals in Helsinki in 1952 and Tokyo in 1964. To this should be added a World title won in 1966. Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola had an exceptionally long career and took part in Olympic games seven times from 1948 to 1972. However, he refused his final nomination, a certain coolness existing between himself and his National Federation, considering that the horse he had been offered was not competitive enough. With more than 500 victories in 25 years of competition, Catalan Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola has one of the sport's most impressive honours lists.