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Switzerland at the Olympics

Switzerland is one of five countries to have been represented at all Summer Olympic Games (the others are Greece, Great Britain, France and Australia). Switzerland is on this list even though they boycotted the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. The nation joined a boycott in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympic Games in protest of the USSR’s invasion of Hungary. Hpwever, the nation still managed to participate and salvaged a bronze medal in the team dressage event in the Game’s equestrian competition that was held in Stockholm, Sweden that year.

The Swiss Olympic team is a force to reckon with in gymnastics, rowing, shooting, equestrian and cycling. Louis Zutter became the nation’s first gold medal winner by triumphing in the men’s artistic gymnastics pomel horse event in the 1896 edition of the Games, Zutter also won two silver medals at the Games in men’s parallel bars and vault.

One of the most popular Swiss Olympians of all-time is many-time world number one ranked player, Roger Federer who teamed up with Stanislas Wawrinka to win the men’s doubles event in tennis at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. Federer also won a bronze medal in the men’s singles event four years later at the London Games.

In the Rio Olympics the nation captured three gold medals courtesy of Fabian Cancellara in the men’s time trial in cycling, lightweight four team in rowing and men’s cross country in mountain biking.


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