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Old 07-23-2012, 09:25 AM   #16
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Nice gesture from Roger. Giving his good mate some glory.
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It was an honest question, I didn't know anyone else besides Federinka & Cancellara
Those were in fact the only two gold medals they got last time round.

In 2004 the Swiss won only one gold medal, Marcel Fischer won the men's individual epee (fencing). He is retired now.

In 2000, likewise, only one. Birgitte McMahon won triathlon. She has long since retired.

So the normal choice when Federer and Cancellara abstains is Wawrinka.

Switzerland is not really a great Summer Olympic nation, they do better at the Winter Olympics.
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Those were in fact the only two gold medals they got last time round.

In 2004 the Swiss won only one gold medal, Marcel Fischer won the men's individual epee (fencing). He is retired now.

In 2000, likewise, only one. Birgitte McMahon won triathlon. She has long since retired.

So the normal choice when Federer and Cancellara abstains is Wawrinka.

Switzerland is not really a great Summer Olympic nation, they do better at the Winter Olympics.
Thank you! so Stan was third choice I guess, because Roger & Fabian are more accomplished
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Those were in fact the only two gold medals they got last time round.

In 2004 the Swiss won only one gold medal, Marcel Fischer won the men's individual epee (fencing). He is retired now.

In 2000, likewise, only one. Birgitte McMahon won triathlon. She has long since retired.

So the normal choice when Federer and Cancellara abstains is Wawrinka.

Switzerland is not really a great Summer Olympic nation, they do better at the Winter Olympics.
Slightly off topic but what happens when a nation doesn't have an olympic medalist ? Who carries the flag then ?
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Slightly off topic but what happens when a nation doesn't have an olympic medalist ? Who carries the flag then ?
The most accomplished sporstmen or women they have

For example in Colombia they don't have a gold medalist but they got Mariana Pajon who's a BMX world champion

In Spain, Pau Gasol because he's one of our most accomplished sportsmen even if he hasn't won a gold medal at the Olympics.
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Good shit Stan. Enjoy the moment.
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For example in Colombia they don't have a gold medalist but they got Mariana Pajon who's a BMX world champion
Didn't know that. Thanks, learned another thing today heh.
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Good news for Stan. It also makes sense for someone else to be flag bearer since Roger's done it twice already.
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Stan must be grateful he has a friend called Roger Federer
I'm very happy for Stan and I love Fed, but it's bullshit saying that : Fed doesn't have any power on the Swiss Olympic Committee.

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Is no one else in Switzerland worthy of the honor? Cancellara isn't running?
Cancellera had a race next day,

but I don't like the way you make it sound : as always, Wawrinka is not "worthy of honors" in the mind of many people

Anyway, Stan will be very happy with that no matter such stupid comments on internet forums
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See Mugwrinka choke his first match.
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Yes, Roger was the first choice but he said that another athlete should be given the opportunity and that he would be happy if Stan got the chance.
Because Fed had already done it twice in 2004 and 2008, it was really time for someone else

Fed didn't do that "for Stan" as anyway he has no power on the Olympic Committee's decisions, but he was perfectly right to say that they could give this honor to someone else for once

Besides, Fed having already done it twice, is more concerned about his concentration : he will need it fully in two-setter matches on grass in both singles and doubles, and also being a family-man.
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