Liz Hartel: Overcoming Adversity and Championing Equestrian Therapy

TLDR Liz Hartel, a Danish equestrian competitor, defied the odds by winning Olympic medals and overcoming paralysis to continue her successful riding career. She later became an advocate for equestrian therapy and founded Europe's first therapeutic riding center.

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00:00 Liz Hartle was a Danish equestrian competitor who won medals at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics.
01:13 Liz Hartle was a Danish equestrian competitor who excelled in dressage and horse jumping, and she qualified for the 1948 Olympic Games.
02:21 Liz Hartel was initially unable to compete in the Olympics due to a rule that only allowed male military officers to participate, but this rule was eventually changed and she was able to compete in the first Olympic dressage competition that allowed both civilians and women to participate.
03:25 Liz Hartel won the silver medal in dressage in 1952, becoming the first woman to win an Olympic medal in any equestrian event and in head-to-head competition with men, and she continued her successful career by winning more championships and medals.
04:26 Despite being paralyzed in her legs and told she would never walk again or ride competitively, Liz Hartel embarked on a rehabilitation program and was able to ride again within eight months, although she still faced challenges such as falls and difficulty mounting and dismounting from the horse.
05:28 Liz Hartel had to develop a new riding technique and her horse had to relearn with her; she won a silver medal at the 1952 Olympics and the gold medalist, in a display of sportsmanship, carried her to the podium where she stood on her own two feet to receive the medal, and after her competitive riding career, she became an advocate for the use of horses as therapy and fundraising for polio victims.
06:28 Liz Hartel opened Europe's first therapeutic riding center and the Liz Hartel Foundation continues to promote the use of horses as therapy for various conditions.
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