Hermann Duckek, for 25 years the most respected specialist for Jumping and Dressage footing, died on 3 March 2001, aged 64. Mr Duckek had been responsible for the ground at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Upon his return from Australia, a cancer was diagnosed. An operation sadly brought only a short-lived relief. By February, he came home from the hospital and passed away shortly before midnight on Saturday 3 March.
German-born, Hermann Duckek came to Denmark as a riding instructor and later, was instrumental in organising international events in Holte, Brönby and Vilhelmsborg. His mark on the international equestrian scene he made with his skill as ground-specialist.
Beginning with the 1974 World Dressage Championship in Copenhagen, Mr Duckek was the "ground-man" at hundreds of events, World Cups, World and European Championships and at all Olympic Games since 1976 in Montreal, seven in all. Hermann Duckek is survived by his wife, Wiltrud.
News Source; FEI
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