Former Olympic medalist brings 80 Ukrainian refugees to Germany

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Paul Schockemoehle brought 80 Ukrainian refugees to Germany.©AFP

Former Olympic medalist Paul Schockemoehle brought 80 Ukrainian refugees to Germany to help them escape the Russian invasion. The 76-year-old won the silver medal in team show jumping at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in Montreal and the bronze medal at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. He now raises horses. He pays for the group to stay in a hotel near his stud farm in northern Germany. “We picked up 80 people at the Ukrainian-Polish border,” the 76-year-old told Friday’s edition of the Frankfurt-based FAZ. “These are all women with relatively young children.

“We put them up in a hotel in Neustadt-Glewe” near his stud farm, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Hamburg.

“The hotel is giving us a special rate, but at the moment I am paying”, as well as their food and transport.

The former European individual and team champion says he hopes to inspire others to help Ukrainian refugees.

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“Normally I wouldn’t make a fuss about it, but I hope others do the same.”

On Friday, the United Nations said two and a half million people had fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24 and another two million had been internally displaced.

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