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Lis Hartel

Olympic medal record

Competitor for 22x20px Denmark
Silver 1952 Helsinki Individual Dressage
Silver 1956 Stockholm Individual Dressage

Lis Hartel (March 14, 1921 – February 12, 2009) was a Danish equestrian athlete. Hartel became the first woman in equestrianism to win an Olympic medal when she won silver medals at the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympics in dressage. She accomplished this feat despite being paralysed below the knees as a result of polio and required assistance on and off her horse. She has had a large impact on horsemanship in Denmark. She also was given a lot of credit for starting the movement for therapeutic riding schools, in fact one in Holland is named the Lis Hartel in honor of her.

The Danish Equestrian Federation announced that Hartel had died on February 12, 2009. She was 87.[1]


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