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Louis Zutter

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJules Alexis "Louis"•Zutter
Used nameLouis•Zutter
Born2 December 1865 in Les Ponts-de-Martel (SUI)
Died10 November 1946 in Boudry (SUI)
AffiliationsLa Société des Amis gymnastes de Neuchâtel
NOC(s) Switzerland


Zutter was one of the two Swiss competitors in Athens, and became his country’s first Olympic Champion. He travelled to Greece with the German team, partially to visit his brother Alexis, who was a gymnastics teacher in Greece. His travelling companions proved his foremost competitors: he placed second twice, both times behind a German gymnast, but won the pommelled horse event. The Official Report noted that “Mr. Zutter surpassed all other competitors by his marvellous agility and he very deservedly carried off the first prize.” When coming home, he was honoured by his Neuchâtel club and presented with a ring and a watch.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1896 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Horse Vault, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Switzerland    
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic AC
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic 1 Gold