Ernst Gebendinger

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErnst•Gebendinger
Used nameErnst•Gebendinger
Born10 February 1926 in Winterthur, Zürich (SUI)
Died23 May 2017 in Winterthur, Zürich (SUI)
NOC Switzerland
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Ernst Gebendinger took up gymnastics when he was 17-years-old, and was later on the Swiss national team from 1950-54, winning Olympic team silver in 1952 and floor exercise, vault and team competition golds at the 1950 World Championships. His international career ended quite abruptly in 1954, when he sustained a torn ligament and meniscus damage while preparing for the 1954 World Championships, held in Roma.

Gebendinger was trained as a machinist at the Jaeggli AG machine factory in Oberwinterthur. After graduating from Swiss Textile College in Zürich, he worked for two years as a weaver in Kaltenbrunn and then eight years as a weaver with Seidenstoffweberei AG in Winterthur. In 1964 he began work as a technical assistant at the Technical College Winterthur, now part of Zürich University of Applied Sciences, which he continued until his retirement. Gebendinger also remained active in gymnastics circles as a coach and later president of his club Turnverein Hegi, and also coached the Winterthur gymnastics team.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) SUI Ernst Gebendinger
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 39
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Switzerland 2 Silver
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =47
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =54
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =38
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =32
Rings, Men (Olympic) 86
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =25