Luxembourg at the Olympics

The Luxembourgish Olympic and Sporting Committee (COSL) was established and recognized in 1912 but Luxembourg did compete in the 1900 Summer Games in Paris, France with a single athlete. Michel Théato was Luxembourg's sole representative to the 1900 Summer Games and he won the gold in the marathon however France claimed the medal since Théato did run for one of the French clubs during that time. Wth the absence of an Olympic committee to argue the case for Luxembourg even though Théato's birth certificate clearly states that he was born there, the medal remained with France.

Luxembourg then chose not to participate in the next two Summer Games and come back in 1912 after their Olympic committee was formed. In August 31, 1920, weightlifter Joseph Alzin won Luxembourg's first ever official Olympic medal when he took the silver in the men's heavyweight division.

In 1932, Luxembourg did not participate in the Summer Games and came back in 1936. In 1952, Josy Barthel won Luxembourg's first ever official Olympic gold medal when narrowly won the men's 1500 meters.

For the Winter Games, Luxembourg made its official debut in 1928. They will go on and miss the 1932 Winter Games as well as all of the Winter Olympics from 1948 all the way to 1984. In 1992, however, alpine skier Marc Girardelli put an end to Luxembourg's dry spell in the Winter Games when he took the silver for both the men's super-G and men's giant slalom.



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