Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
Denis Oswald was a top international rower who competed at the 1968, 1972, and 1976 Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal in coxed fours in 1968. He was a 13-time Swiss champion, including five wins in single sculls, with his best other international result a fourth-place in quad sculls at the 1974 World Championships.
Oswald studied law at the Universities of Neuchâtel, Zürich and Cambridge, eventually obtaining a doctorate in law in 1977. He became an independent lawyer at the Neuchâtel Bar, and President of the Bar in the Canton on Neuchâtel from 1990-93. In sports administration Oswald became secretary-general of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) in 1978, and then became President in 1989. He also served as deputy secretary-general of the Swiss Olympic Committee from 1985-96, and was President of the influential Association of Summer Olympic International Federations from 2000-12.
Oswald was co-opted onto the IOC in 1991. He has served on multiple commissions within the IOC, as follows\: Executive Board; Chair, Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004 in Athens; Chair, Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 in London; Vice-Chair, Eligibility Commission; Olympic Movement; Evaluation for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004; Coordination for the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in 2000 in Sydney, Coordination for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in 2004 in Athens; Juridical; Medical; IOC 2000 (Executive Committee, 1999), IOC 2000 Reform Follow-Up, Sport and Law; member of the Olympic Collectors’ Association, then Vice-Chair (1996-99); and Vice-Chair of the International Olympic Memorabilia Federation. In 2013 Oswald ran for President of the IOC, but finished fourth in the voting that was won by Thomas Bach.
|1968 Summer||21||Ciudad de México||Rowing||Men's Coxed Fours||Switzerland||SUI||3||Bronze|
|1972 Summer||25||München||Rowing||Men's Coxed Fours||Switzerland||SUI||8|
|1976 Summer||29||Montréal||Rowing||Men's Quadruple Sculls||Switzerland||SUI||8|
|1976 Summer||29||Montréal||Rowing||Switzerland||SUI||Final Round||B Final||6:29.61|
|1976 Summer||29||Montréal||Rowing||Switzerland||SUI||Round One Repêchage||Heat One||5:57.82|
|1976 Summer||29||Montréal||Rowing||Switzerland||SUI||Round One||Heat One||6:03.44|
|1968 Summer||21||Ciudad de México||Rowing||Switzerland||SUI||Final Round||A Final||6:49.04|
|1968 Summer||21||Ciudad de México||Rowing||Switzerland||SUI||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||6:48.54|
|1968 Summer||21||Ciudad de México||Rowing||Switzerland||SUI||Round One||Heat Three||7:10.39|
|1972 Summer||25||München||Rowing||Switzerland||SUI||Final Round||B Final||7:07.80|
|1972 Summer||25||München||Rowing||Switzerland||SUI||Semi-Finals||Heat One||7:28.25|
|1972 Summer||25||München||Rowing||Switzerland||SUI||Round One||Heat Two||6:53.30|