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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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