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Carl-Friedrich Freiherr von Langen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCarl-Friedrich•Freiherr von Langen-Parow
Used nameCarl-Friedrich•Freiherr von Langen
Born25 July 1887 in Klein Belitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (GER)
Died2 August 1934 in Potsdam, Brandenburg (GER)
NOC Germany


German rider Carl-Friedrich Freiherr von Langen finished 28th on Falkner in the individual jumping event at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games, and in the team event Germany finished seventh. Von Langen earned two gold medals at the Games, however, winning the individual and team dressage titles aboard Draufgänger. These two golds made him the most successful German athlete at the Amsterdam Games..

During World War I von Langen was an army captain, but was wounded and later briefly confined to a wheelchair due to paralysis. Later, however, he became the chief cavalry commander and colonel of the SA and SS. He lost many of his possessions after being declared bankrupt in 1930 and four years later whilst taking part in a three-day-event he crashed and as a result died soon afterwards. The Nazis used him as a heroic propaganda figure, and his life was told in the book … rides for Germany, which was made into a film in 1941.

According to him, the Baron-von-Langen Street in Warendorf, where the German Equestrian Federation (FN) has its headquarters, was named after him. The German Post Office published a stamp in his honor before the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Equestrian Jumping (Equestrian) GER Carl-Friedrich Freiherr von Langen
Individual, Men (Olympic) Falkner 28
Team, Men (Olympic) Falkner / Germany 7
Equestrian Dressage (Equestrian) GER Carl-Friedrich Freiherr von Langen
Individual, Men (Olympic) Draufgänger 1 Gold
Team, Men (Olympic) Draufgänger / Germany 1 Gold

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