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Reiner Klimke

Medal record
Olympic Games
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Gold 1964 Tokyo Team Dressage
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Gold 1968 Mexico City Team Dressage
Bronze 1968 Mexico City Individual Dressage
Gold 1976 Montréal Team Dressage
Bronze 1976 Montréal Individual Dressage
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Team Dressage
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Individual Dressage
Gold 1988 Seoul Team Dressage
World Championships
Gold 1966 Bern Team Dressage
Gold 1974 Copenhagen Individual Dressage
Gold 1974 Copenhagen Team Dressage
Gold 1982 Lausanne Individual Dressage
Gold 1982 Lausanne Team Dressage
Gold 1986 Cedar Valley Team Dressage
European Championships
Gold 1959 Harewood Team Eventing
Bronze 1965 Copenhagen Team Dressage
Gold 1965 Copenhagen Team Dressage
Gold 1967 Aachen Individual Dressage
Gold 1973 Klew Individual Dressage
Gold 1973 Klew Team Dressage
Gold 1983 Aachen Team Dressage
Gold 1985 Copenhagen Individual Dressage
Gold 1985 Copenhagen Team Dressage

Dr Reiner Klimke (January 14, 1936 – August 17, 1999) was a German equestrian, who won six gold and two bronze medals in dressage at the Summer Olympics — a record for equestrian events. He appeared in six Olympic Games from 1960 to 1988 (excluding 1980).


Equestrian career

Kilmke studied Harry Boldt and Gustaf Rau.

He won team gold in 1964, 1968 (both aboard Dux), 1976 (riding Mehmed), 1984 and 1988 (both aboard Ahlerich), and the individual gold in 1984 on Ahlerich.

His two bronze medals came in the individual event in 1968 and 1976. Klimke also had a fine record at the World Championships, winning six gold medals (two individual [1974 aboard Mehmed, 1982 aboard Ahlerich] and four team [1966, 1974, 1982, 1986]).

At the European Championships, he was the individual champion in 1967, 1973, and 1985 and rode on seven winning West German teams (1965, 1973, 1983, 1985, and others) . Klimke also competed in eventing early in his career. He was a member of the winning West German three-day event team at the 1959 European Championships, and finished 18th in individual eventing at the 1960 Summer Olympics, making him the best German combination. He also won a Grand Prix show jumping competition in Berlin.

Personal life

Reiner Klimke was the son of a psychologist and a neurologist. With his wife, Ruth (also a top show jumping and dressage rider), he had 3 children: Ingrid, Rolf, and Michael. His daughter Ingrid Klimke competes successfully at the international level in eventing and dressage and won Gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics, twenty years after her father's last Olympic Gold. His son Michael also competes at the Grand Prix level in dressage.

Klimke not only rode and trained, but also ran a law firm and served on several boards, including the FEI Dressage Committee. Klimke died at age 63 in Münster, his place of birth, due to a heart attack.

See also

List of athletes with the most appearances at Olympic Games


External links


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