Michèle George – profile

Michèle George (b. 1974) is a three-time Paralympic Grade IV equestrian from Belgium.

In 2008, Michèle was in a lunging accident with a horse and broke her knee severely, which caused hemiplegia in her left leg. Several surgeries later, the doctors told her she would not be able to ride again. The following year, she won silver at the European Championships.

Michele George riding Best of 8 BEL. Gold medal position.

Just two years after the doctors’ devastating news, Michèle competed in the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington – and won silver in the Grade IV Freestyle. Confined to a wheelchair, she competed the 2012 London Paralympics and won two gold medals. She continued to compete in the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen and won double gold again.

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Michèle won two gold medals again; and at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, she once again repeated the success and won double gold. Michèle is currently number one on the world ranking list.