The Olympic Winter Games in Sochi
Swiss athletes did extraordinarily well at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. With six gold, three silver and two bronze medals, Switzerland ranks 7th in the overall country ranking. Besides the athletes shining for their country, the House of Switzerland was a popular success, hosting about 100,000 guests.
With a total of eleven Olympic medals, six gold, three silver and two bronze, Switzerland ranks seventh in the total ranking of countries. But the International Olympic Committee, the IOC, and the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, the OCOG, don´t endorse any country rankings. As one of the fundamental principles of Olympism, the Olympic Charter states: “The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”
In that sense, it doesn’t matter how many medals athletes of one country brought home. It matters that all participating athletes are appreciated for their enormous efforts and endurance in getting to where they are today. Switzerland congratulates Team Switzerland. The winning athletes are: Dario Cologna, Cross Country, Gold in 15 km Men´s Classic, Gold in Men´s Skiathlon; Dominque Gisin, Gold in Alpine Skiing Women´s Downhill; Patrizia Kummer, Gold in Snowboard, Women´s Parallel Giant Slalom; Iouri Podladtschik, Gold in Snowboard, Men´s Halfpipe, Sandro Viletta, Gold in Alpine Skiing, Men´s Super Combined; Nevin Galmarini, Silver in Snowboard, Men´s Parallel Giant Slalom, Selina Gasparin, Biathlon, Silver in Women´s 15 km Individual; Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann, Silver in Two-man Bobsleigh, Lara Gut, Bronze in Alpine Skiing, Women´s Downhill; Women´s Team Bronze in Women´s Ice Hockey.
House of Switzerland in Sochi Enjoys Great Success—
Almost a Ton of Raclette Cheese Served
Approximately 100,000 visitors were recorded at the House of Switzerland, driven by the successes of Team Switzerland. “It was a fantastic opportunity to present Switzerland’s strengths to so many people, in a house open to all,” said Nicolas Bideau, head of Presence Switzerland. Events to celebate the Swiss medalists, organized in conjunction with the Swiss Olympic Committee, transformed the House of Switzerland into a sea of red and were a highlight for two weeks: each time the winners would be greeted in “their own house” by a multitude of fans to the sound of the alphorn. Every medalist received a letter of congratulations from President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter.