Hettie Dyhrenfurth

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHarriet Pauline "Hettie"•Dyhrenfurth (Heyman-)
Used nameHettie•Dyhrenfurth
Born16 November 1892 in Wrocław, Dolnośląskie (POL)
Died28 October 1972 in Orange, California (USA)
NOC Switzerland


Hettie Dyhrenfurth was a Himalayan expert and geologist. She and her husband Günter Oskar became Swiss citizens in 1932 and won, to the chagrin of the Nazis (they were Jewish), the gold medal in alpinism in 1936 for their Himalaya Expeditions of 1930 and 1934. Günter also participated in the literature competition at the 1936 Games. Their son Norman Günter was also a successful expedition leader in the Himalayas and participated in many mountain films as cinematographer.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Alpinism SUI Hettie Dyhrenfurth
Alpinism, Open (Olympic) Günter Oskar Dyhrenfurth 1 Gold

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