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Famous Athletes from Switzerland

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List of famous athletes from Switzerland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Switzerland has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Swiss athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Switzerland and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Switzerland then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Items here include everything from Christina Gilli-Brügger to Thomas Häberli.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Swiss athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Switzerland?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Switzerland in order to get more information about each one.
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Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland, South Africa

← Roger Federer (German pronunciation: [ˈrɔdʒər ˈfeːdərər]; born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 in men's singles tennis by the ...more

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Fabian Cancellara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Wohlen bei Bern, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Fabian Cancellara (born 18 March 1981), nicknamed "Spartacus", is a Swiss former professional road bicycle racer who last rode for UCI ProTeam Trek–Segafredo. He was born in Wohlen bei ...more
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Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia

Nationality: Switzerland, Czechoslovakia

Martina Hingis (German pronunciation: [marˈtiːna ˈhɪŋɡɪs]; born 30 September 1980) is a Swiss former professional tennis player. She spent a total of 209 weeks as the singles world No. 1 and 90 ...more

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Mladen Petrić is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
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Birthplace: Dubrave

Nationality: Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Yugoslavia

Position: Forward

Mladen Petrić (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈmladɛn ˈpɛːtrit͡ɕ]; born 1 January 1981) is a retired Croatian footballer who also holds Swiss citizenship. During his career, he played for Grasshopper, ...more
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Olivia Nobs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Olivia Nobs (born 18 November 1982 in La Chaux-de-Fonds) is a Swiss snowboarder. Nobs captured the silver medal in snowboard cross at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships 2009 in South ...more
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Evelyne Leu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Bottmingen, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Evelyne Leu (born 7 July 1976) is a former Swiss freestyle skier. She won a Gold medal in Aerial skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics. However, she failed to reach the Finals at the 2010 Winter ...more
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Stanislas Wawrinka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Stanislas Wawrinka (French: [stanislas vavʁiŋka] born 28 March 1985) is a Swiss professional tennis player. He reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world No. 3 singles ...more

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Martina Kocher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Martina Kocher (born 14 March 1985 in Biel/Bienne) is a Swiss former luger who competed between 1999 and 2018. She is Switzerland's most successful luger. She first slid on a luge at the age of ...more
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Tanja Frieden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Tanja Frieden (born 6 February 1976, in Bern) is a Swiss snowboarder. She won a gold medal in the inaugural Snowboard Cross competition at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In the Snowboard Cross finals ...more
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Laura Ruhnke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

Nationality: Canada, Switzerland

Laura Ruhnke is an ice hockey player.
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Seraina Boner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Davos, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Seraina Boner is a cross-country skier.
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Jan Schmid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Trondheim, Norway

Nationality: Switzerland, Norway

Jan Andreas Schmid (born 24 November 1983) is a Norwegian nordic combined skier, of Swiss origin. He won two medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec with a silver in the ...more
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Mirjam Ott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Mirjam Ott (born 27 January 1972 in Bern, Switzerland) is a retired Swiss curler who lives in Laax, Switzerland. She is the 2012 World Curling Champion skip. She is the skip (captain) of the ...more
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Simon Ammann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Grabs, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Simon "Simi" Ammann (; born 25 June 1981) is a Swiss ski jumper. He is one of the most successful athletes in the history of the sport, having won four individual Winter Olympic gold ...more
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Maya Pedersen-Bieri is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Spiez, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Maya Pedersen-Bieri (born 27 November 1972 in Spiez) is a Swiss-Norwegian skeleton racer who has competed since 1995. She won the gold medal in the women's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter ...more
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Sarah Meier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Bülach, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Sarah Meier (born 4 May 1984) is a Swiss former figure skater. She is the 2011 European champion, a two-time European silver medalist (2007 & 2008), the 2006 Grand Prix Final bronze ...more
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Michael Schmid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Frutigen, Switzerland

Nationality: Austria, Switzerland

Michael ("Mike") Schmid (born 18 March 1984) is a Swiss freestyle skier who specializes in the ski cross discipline. He is the inaugural Olympic champion in the event. He made his ...more
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Valeria Spälty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Glarus, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Valeria Spälty (born 24 June 1983 in Glarus) is a Swiss curler. Spälty started curling in 1992. She plays second for Mirjam Ott and is right-handed. She won the silver medal at the ...more
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Sandy Jeannin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Position: Winger

Sandy Jeannin (born February 28, 1976 in Les Bayards, Switzerland) is a Swiss former professional ice hockey left wing who played in the Swiss National League A.
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Johan Djourou is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
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Birthplace: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Nationality: Switzerland, Côte d’Ivoire

Position: Defender, Midfielder

Danon Issouf Johannes Djourou Gbadjere (pronounced [dʒuʁu]; born 18 January 1987), more commonly known as Johan Djourou, is a Swiss international footballer who is currently a free agent.He ...more
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Mirka Federer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Mirka Federer

Birthplace: Bojnice, Slovakia

Nationality: Switzerland

Miroslava "Mirka" Federer (born Miroslava Vavrincová on 1 April 1978, later Miroslava Vavrinec) is a Swiss former professional tennis player. She reached her career-high WTA ...more
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Martina Schild is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Brienz, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Martina Schild (born 26 October 1981 in Brienz) is a Swiss alpine skier competing in downhill and super-G. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, she won the silver medal in the women's downhill. She ...more
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Mellie Francon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Mellie Francon (born 24 January 1982 in La Chaux-de-Fonds) is a Swiss snowboarder. Francon is Swiss Champion 2005 in snowboard cross. On 5 January 2006 she won the World Cup competition at Bad ...more
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Seraina Mischol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Samedan, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Seraina Mischol (born 1 December 1981) is a Swiss skier competing in cross country skiing.
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Patty Schnyder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland

Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

Nationality: Switzerland

Patty Schnyder (born 14 December 1978) is a Swiss retired tennis player. A former top 10 player in singles, she twice defeated a reigning world No. 1 player in her career: Martina Hingis at the ...more