First appearing in 1924, Switzerland has competed at every edition of the Olympic Winter Games and has hosted the Games twice [1928 and 1948], both in St. Moritz.
The Swiss team's best performances have been in bobsleigh. In Albertville in 1992, Donat Acklin won gold in the two-man event and bronze in the four-man event. In 1994 he claimed another two medals, again winning gold in the two-man and improving to silver in the four-man - his fifth winter Olympic medal.
In terms of longevity, no Swiss competitor has compared to Fritz Feierabend who tallied five Olympic medals across three Games. In 1936 he claimed silver in the two-man and four-man bobsleigh events. In 1948 again he won silver in the two-man event. In 1952 he won bronze in both events, 16 years after claiming his first Olympic medal.
Switzerland's most prolific female medal winner is alpine skier Vreni Schneider, who won five medals [three gold, one silver and one bronze] across the 1988 and 1994 Games.
Switzerland enjoyed its largest haul of gold medals at a single Games in 2010, finishing with a total of six. Simon Ammann claimed victory in the individual normal and large hill events in Vancouver, eight years after winning both events at age 20 in Salt Lake City.
Title: Schweizerpsalm [Swiss Psalm]
Creators: Leonhard Widmer [DE], Charles Chatelanat [FR], Camillo Valsangiacomo [IT], Flurin Camathias [RO]. Music Alberik Zwyssig.
Founding date: 1912
IOC recognition date: 1912
NOC president's name: Jorg Schild
NOC general secretary’s name: Roger Schnegg
IOC member’s name: Denis Oswald [entry in the IOC: 1991], Gian-Franco Kasper [entry in the IOC: 2000], Joseph S. Blatter [entry in the IOC: 1999], Patrick Baumann [entry in the IOC: 2007], Rene Fasel [entry in the IOC: 1995]
Participation in Olympic Games
Year of the first appearance: 1924Medals per sport
Number of appearances: 22 [Sochi included]
Medals per year
-: Medals for the Figure Skating and Ice Hockey events at the 1908 and 1920 Olympic Summer Games have been included in the tables