A dressage rider, Nicole Uphoff won her first international event in 1987 aboard Rembrandt. It presaged her dominance of dressage for the coming years. In both 1992 and 1996 she won the individual dressage gold medal and helped Germany to the team title at the Olympics. She repeated her double victories at the 1989 Europeans and 1990 World Championships. She retired after the 1996 Olympic Games, marrying German Olympic show jumper Otto Becker.