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Christian ZIMMERMANN, Palestinian Dressage athlete.

Name Christian ZIMMERMANN
FEI ID 10054376
Gender Male
Date of Birth 12/12/1961
Competing for Palestine - PLE
Registration Dressage 2019
Last update 13/08/2019
FEI Database

Dressage 70x70
General Interest
Hobbies Yoga. (, 08 Aug 2016) Collects art, loves travelling and great food. Car enthusiast. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2018) Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 11 Oct 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Life is more interesting when you pull your socks up a bit. I have to admit I do love excellence and beauty." (, 11 Aug 2014)
Famous relatives His daughter Esther has competed in dressage at an elite level. (, 04 Jul 2014)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 11 Oct 2017) To reach the top 100 in World Ranking List in dressage. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2018)
Other information DUAL CITIZEN He was born in Germany and was originally known as Christian Bruhe. He changed his name to Christian Zimmermann and now has both German and Palestinian citizenship. Since 2013 the International Equestrian Federation [FEI] has recognised him as a Palestinian rider. He was encouraged to represent Palestine by Rami al Shaer, the father of Palestinian dressage rider Diana al Shaer. (, 04 Aug 2016;, 21 Jul 2016;, 08 Aug 2013) OCCUPATION He has served as chief executive officer of media company Uniplan Group. (, 11 Oct 2017) BREAK He rode until age 26 before taking an 18-year break. He returned to the sport in about 2006. (, 08 Aug 2013)
Milestones He became the first athlete to represent Palestine in any equestrian discipline at the Olympic Games when he competed in dressage at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. He was also the first rider in any discipline to represent Palestine at the World Equestrian Games [WEG], competing at the 2014 WEG in Normandy, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Apr 2017;, 21 Jul 2016;, 27 Jan 2016)
Further Personal Information
Family Wife - Sarah-Myriam Zimmermann Daughter - Esther Son - Amou
Other names Christian Bruehe
Occupation Athlete, Executive
Languages German, English, French, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
Training Regime He trains at Gut Bertingloh in Menden, Germany.