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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
Tennis player Roger Federer (IPA pronunciation: [ˈɹɑ.dʒər ˈfɛ.dər.ər]) (born August 8, 1981) is a Swiss tennis professional, currently ranked World No. 1. Many experts and many of his own tennis ...more

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Fabian Cancellara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Fabian Cancellara, nicknamed "Spartacus", is a Swiss professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Trek Factory Racing. He was born in Wohlen bei Bern, Switzerland. Cancellara began ...more

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Martina Hingis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Martina Hingis is a Swiss professional tennis player who spent a total of 209 weeks as world no. 1. She won five Grand Slam singles titles. She also won nine Grand Slam women's doubles titles, ...more

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Mladen Petrić is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Borussia Dortmund Mladen Petrić is a Croatian international footballer who plays for Greek club Panathinaikos. He also holds Swiss citizenship. He has previously played for Grasshopper, Basel, Borussia Dortmund, ...more

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Olivia Nobs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Olivia Nobs is a Swiss snowboarder. Nobs captured the silver medal in snowboard cross at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships 2009 in South Korea. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Nobs ...more

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Evelyne Leu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Evelyne Leu 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 Olympics when she ...more

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Stanislas Wawrinka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Stanislas "Stan" Wawrinka is a Swiss professional tennis player. He is currently the Swiss no. 2 and world no. 7, as of 16 February 2015. He climbed to his highest ranking so far, no. ...more

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Martina Kocher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Martina Kocher is a Swiss luger who has competed since 1999. Competing in two Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of seventh in the women's singles event at Vancouver in 2010. Kocher's ...more

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Tanja Frieden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Tanja Frieden 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 at the 2006 Winter Olympics, ...more

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Laura Ruhnke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from 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
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
Jan Andreas Schmid 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 10 km individual normal ...more

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Mirjam Ott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Mirjam Ott is a retired Swiss curler who lives in Laax, Switzerland. She is the 2012 World Curling Champion skip. She is the skip of the Swiss Olympic Curling Team. She has participated in ...more

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Simon Ammann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Simon Ammann is a Swiss ski jumper and double Olympic Champion at both the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Maya Pedersen-Bieri is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Maya Pedersen-Bieri is a Swiss skeleton racer who has competed since 1995. She won the gold medal in the women's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She is one of the most ...more

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Sarah Meier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Sarah Meier is a Swiss figure skater. She is the 2011 European champion, a two-time European silver medalist, the 2006 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and an eight-time Swiss national

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Michael Schmid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Michael Schmid is a Swiss freestyle skier who specializes in the skicross discipline. He is the inaugural Olympic champion in the event. He made his World Cup debut in January 2004 in Laax, and ...more

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Valeria Spälty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Valeria Spälty 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 Winter Olympic Games 2006 in ...more

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Sandy Jeannin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Sandy Jeannin is a Swiss professional ice hockey left wing. He currently plays for Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss National League A. Jeannin began playing semi-professional in 1993 with ...more

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Johan Djourou is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Arsenal F.C. Johan Danon Djourou-Gbadjere, more commonly known as Johan Djourou, is a Swiss international footballer who currently plays for Hamburg. He used to play as a defensive midfielder in his youth ...more

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Mirka Federer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Miroslava "Mirka" Federer is a former professional tennis player from Switzerland. She reached her career-high WTA singles ranking of World No. 76 on 10 September 2001 and a doubles ...more

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Martina Schild is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Martina Schild 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 placed 6th in the women's super-G. ...more

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Mellie Francon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Mellie Francon is a Swiss snowboarder. Francon is Swiss Champion 2005 in snowboard cross. On January 5, 2006, she won the World Cup competition at Bad Gastein.

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Seraina Mischol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Seraina Mischol 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
Patty Schnyder is a former Swiss professional tennis player. She played on the WTA tour from 1993 to 2011 and reached number 7 in the world rankings. She twice defeated a reigning world no. 1 ...more

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Timea Bacsinszky is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Timea Bacsinszky is a Swiss professional tennis player. Bacsinszky has won three singles and four doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as 12 singles and 14 doubles titles on the ITF circuit ...more

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Simone Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Simone Kuhn is a female professional beach volleyball player from Switzerland, who represented her native country at the beach volleyball tournaments of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, ...more

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Urs Imboden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Urs Imboden is an alpine skier.

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Christophe Roux is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Christophe Roux is an Olympic Alpine Skier from Moldova.

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Ella Maillart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Ella Maillart was a French-speaking Swiss adventurer, travel writer and photographer, as well as a sportswoman.

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Blaise Nkufo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Yverdon-Sport FC Blaise Isetsima Nkufo is a retired Congolese-born Swiss footballer. Nkufo played professionally in Switzerland, Qatar, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. Nkufo was also a member of ...more

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Stefan Höhener is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Stefan Höhener is a Swiss luger who has competed since 1999. Competing in three Winter Olympics, he earned his best finish of 13th in the men's singles event at Salt Lake City in 2002. ...more

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Renato Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Renato Ulrich is a freestyle skier.

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Simon Schoch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Simon Schoch is a Swiss snowboarder. At the 2003 World Championships, Schoch won Silver in Parallel Giant Slalom and Bronze in Parallel Slalom. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, he faced his brother ...more

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Vyacheslav Bykov is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Vyacheslav Arkadevich "Slava" Bykov is a former Soviet and Russian ice hockey player and a former head coach of the Russian national hockey team. A small, technically gifted center, he ...more

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Daniela Meuli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Daniela Meuli is a Swiss snowboarder. Meuli is World Champion 2005 in parallel slalom. In the World Cup in Parallel Giant Slalom, she ranked 1st for 2003/2004, 2004/2005 and the current season.

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Annegret Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Annegret "Anne" Dietrich is a German-born Swiss bobsledder who has competed since 2001. She won two medals at the FIBT World Championships with a gold for Germany and a silver for ...more

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Andreas Küttel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Andreas Küttel is a Swiss former ski jumper.

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Karin Thürig is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Karin Thürig is a Swiss professional racing cyclist and triathlete. She is the winner of the 2004 and 2005 UCI Road World Championships – Women's time trial. In 2011, she took second at the ...more

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Manuela Mueller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Manuela Mueller is a freestyle skier.

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Hedy Schlunegger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Hedy Kaufmann-Schlunegger was a Swiss alpine skier. At the 1948 Winter Olympics, Hedy Schlunegger was the first Olympic Gold medalist in Lady's Downhill skiing. After her success in skiing, Hedy ...more

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Marie-Theres Nadig is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Switzerland Marie-Theres Nadig is a retired Swiss alpine skier. Aged 17, she won gold medals in the downhill and giant slalom events at the 1972 Winter Olympics. During her career Nadig won 28 world cup ...more

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Stefanie Marty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Stefanie Marty is an ice hockey player.

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Thomas Frischknecht is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Thomas Frischknecht is a Swiss mountain bike and cyclo-cross racer, often called Europe's Elder Statesman of mountain biking, because of his extraordinarily long career at the top level of the ...more

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Nicole Bullo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Nicole Bullo is an ice hockey player.

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Maria Walliser is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Maria Walliser is a Swiss former alpine skier. Together with her fellow Swiss Erika Hess, Michela Figini and Vreni Schneider she dominated the female alpine skiing during the 1980s. Among her ...more

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Vreni Schneider is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Verena "Vreni" Schneider is a retired ski racer from Switzerland. She is the most successful alpine ski racer of her country, the third most successful female ski racer ever and was ...more

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Michela Figini is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Michela Figini is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland. She is an Olympic, World Cup, and world champion. Figini made her World Cup debut at age 16 in January 1983 and won the ...more

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Stéphane Lambiel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Stéphane Lambiel is a Swiss figure skater and a choreographer. He is a two-time World Champion, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Champion and a nine-time Swiss ...more

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Laurence Rochat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Switzerland
Laurence Rochat is a Swiss cross-country skier who has competed since 1996. She won a bronze medal in the 4 x 5km relay at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and had her best individual ...more