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Denis Oswald

Full name: Denis Oswald
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: May 9, 1947 in Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Affiliations: SN Neuchâtel
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

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].

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's Quadruple Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
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

Men's Coxed Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
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
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