Paralympic Winter Games
7-16 March

Switzerland: Eight facts for Sochi 2014 Paralympics

The Swiss delegation typically fields their strongest Paralympic Winter Games teams in alpine skiing. 20 Feb 2014
Christoph Kunz

Switzerland's Christoph Kunz took double gold in the men's Giant Slalom Sitting at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Winter Park, USA.

ⒸMichael Knaus

- Switzerland's next gold medal will be their 50th at the Paralympic Winter Games. They have won 152 medals in total (49 golds, 55 silvers and 48 bronze).

- Switzerland have won 104 of their 152 medals in alpine skiing, including 41 gold medals. The other medals have been won in cross-country skiing and biathlon.

- Switzerland won 10 gold medals at both the 1976 and 1998 Games.

- Alpine skiers Rolf Heinzmann and Hans Burn have won most total medals at 14. Heinzmann's 12 golds are also the most for any Swiss athlete.

- Heinzmann's 12 gold medals in men's alpine skiing are only topped by Germany's Gerd Schoenfelder's 16 golds.

- In 2010, Christoph Kunz won Switzerland's only gold medal, in the men’s alpine skiing downhill sitting event. He also won silver in the men’s giant slalom sitting event at Vancouver 2010.

- Switzerland have 277 medals at the Summer Games, including 84 golds.

- Switzerland’s most successful sport is athletics (183 medals), followed by alpine skiing (104).


Alpine skiing

Christophe BRODARD

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Christoph KUNZ

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Thomas PFYL



Luana BERGAMIN (guide)

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