Switzerland, located in western and central Europe and officially known as the Swiss Confederation, has sent athletes to every Olympic Games (Winter and Summer) since the inaugural Games in 1896.
The country will be sending more than 160 athletes to Sochi, Russia, to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics, which take place February 6-23.
Here's a look at Switzerland and its history in the Olympics:
Facts About Switzerland:
Location - Bordered by France to the west, Germany to the north, Austria and Liechtenstein to the east and the Italy to the south
Population - Over 8 million
Capital city - There is no named capital, but Bern is the federal city and thought of as the de-facto capital.
Official languages - German, French, Italian and Romansh
Currency used - Swiss franc
Government structure - Switzerland is a federal directorial republic, ruled by several people who jointly possess the powers of the head of state; the federal chancellor is Corina Casanova, and the federal council is a seven-member council that acts as the collective head of state for Switzerland.
Olympic Facts About Switzerland:
All-Time Medal Count - Since 1896, Switzerland has won 312 medals combined in the Winter and Summer Games. A total of 127 of these medals have been earned in Winter Games competition: 44 gold, 37 silver and 46 bronze. Switzerland's best Winter Games in terms of medal count was 1988 in Calgary, taking home 15 medals (five gold, five silver and five bronze).
Olympic History - Switzerland competed in the first Winter Games in Chamonix, France in 1924, sending 30 athletes and bringing home three medals (two gold and one bronze). Switzerland failed to medal in only one Winter Games, the 1964 Games held in Innsbruck, Austria.
Switzerland has hosted two Winter Olympics: the second Winter Games in 1928 and the fifth Winter Games in 1948; both were hosted by St. Moritz.
At the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Swiss athletes earned nine medals -- six gold and three bronze.
Gold Medal Winners From Vancouver 2010:
Didier Defago - Won gold in the men's downhill in alpine skiing competition.
Carlo Janka - Won gold in the men's giant slalom in alpine skiing competition.
Dario Cologna - Won gold in the 15K freestyle men's cross-country skiing event.
Michael Schmid - Won gold in the men's freestyle skiing ski cross event, the first time the event was part of the Winter Olympics.
Simon Ammann - won two gold medals in men's ski jumping: individual normal hill and individual long hill; also won gold in both events in 2002 in Salt Lake City.
Swiss Athletes to Watch - Sochi 2014:
Swiss men's ice hockey team - Eight players from the National Hockey League will play for Switzerland in Sochi: goalies Jonas Hiller and Reto Berra; defensemen Roman Josi, Mark Streit, Raphael Diaz and Yannick Weber; and forwards Nino Niederreiter and Damien Brunner. Josi and Niederreiter were part of the Swiss team that surprised many by winning silver in the 2013 IIHF World Championship; Josi led the team with nine points in the tournament, being named top defenseman and MVP for the tournament.
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