Switzerland has sent athletes to compete in every Games since it first participated at the Olympic Games at the inaugural 1896 Games. Switzerland boycotted the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, but the equestrian events for those Games were held in Stockholm, Sweden earlier that year, where the Swiss dressage team won a bronze medal. Swiss athletes have won a total of 185 medals at the Summer Olympic Games, and another 138 at the Winter Olympic Games. The National Olympic Committee for Switzerland was created and recognized in 1912.
A Little History
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Switzerland, is a federal republic in Europe. While still named the "Swiss Confederation" for historical reasons, modern Switzerland is a federal directorial republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities, called Bundesstadt ("federal city"). The country is situated in Western and Central Europe, and is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately eight million people is concentrated mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found: among them are the two global and economic centers Zürich and Geneva.
The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291, which is celebrated annually as the Swiss National Day. The country has a long history of armed neutrality—it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815—and did not join the United Nations until 2002. Nevertheless, it pursues an active foreign policy and is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world. In addition to being the birthplace of the Red Cross, Switzerland is home to numerous international organizations, including the second largest UN office. On the European level, it is a founding member of the European Free Trade Association, but notably it is not part of the European Union, nor the European Economic Area. However, the country does participate in the Schengen Area and the EU's single market through a number of bilateral treaties.
Switzerland is one of the most developed countries in the world, with the highest nominal wealth per adult and the eighth-highest per capita gross domestic product according to the IMF. Switzerland ranks at or near the top globally in several metrics of national performance, including government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and human development. Zürich and Geneva have each been ranked among the top cities in the world in terms of quality of life, with the former ranked second globally, according to Mercer.
Swiss Olympic Triathlon Team
Here are the confirmed Swiss triathletes to participate at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athletes social media icons to read more about them.
Sven Riederer Triathlete
Sven Riederer was born on March 27, 1981 inBad Ragaz, Switzerland. He competed at the second Olympic triathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he won the bronze medal. Sven was just 25.5 seconds behind the leader of the race, which lasted nearly two hours.
View full results history of Sven Riederer Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Jolanda Annen Triathlete
Jolanda Annen was born on September 11, 1992 in Schattdorf, Switzerland. She finished in first place at the 2016 ITU Triathlon World Cup event in Huatulco, Mexico. Jolanda beat Agnieszka Jerzyk (POL) and Yuliya Yelistratov (UKR). This was Annen's first World Cup win.
View full results history of Jolanda Annen Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Andrea Salvisberg Triathlete
Andrea Salvisberg was born on February 1, 1989 in Rüegsauschachen, Rüegsau, Switzerland. In 2012, he was placed in seventh at the U23 European Championship in Spain. In 2016, Salvisberg placed 3rd in Lisbon at European Championship.
View full results history of Andrea Salvisberg Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Nicola Spirig Triathlete
Nicola Spirig was born on February 7, 1982 in Bülach, Switzerland. She won Gold in the Olympic Women's Triathlon, winning a close race in a photo finish with Sweden's Lisa Nordén. From 1998 to 2010, Spirig achieved 39 top ten positions.
View full results history of Nicola Spirig Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Since making their Olympic debut at Sydney 2000, triathletes have been pushing themselves to the limit in swimming, cycling and running, with the first to the finish line taking gold. There will be men’s and women’s individual events in Copacabana.
Switzerland Triathlon Federation.
The International Triathlon Union was founded one year later, on April 1, 1989, at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. A total of 30 National Federations attended the initial Congress and preparations were made for the sport’s first World Championships to be held in Avignon in August of 1989. At this meeting the Olympic distance was set at a 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run. More than 800 athletes representing 40 countries competed in the first World Championships. Canada’s Les McDonald was elected as ITU’s first president in 1989.