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Marcel Fässler

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMarcel•Fässler
Used nameMarcel•Fässler
Born21 February 1959
Measurements180 cm / 94 kg
AffiliationsBob-Club Zürichsee, Zürich (SUI)
NOC Switzerland

Biography

Marcel Fässler was an employee at Swiss Post, Switzerland’s national postal service, when he was selected to join the reserve squad for the nation’s bobsledding team. Despite never having won a national or international medal, he was selected to stand in for Rolf Strittmatter in the four-man event at the 1988 Winter Olympics. There, alongside Ekkehard Fasser, Kurt Meier, and Werner Stocker, he helped pull off a surprising victory, taking advantage of a disastrous third run from defending Olympic champion Wolfgang Hoppe’s East German team and winning by a margin of 0.07 seconds. Fässler never factored into a major national or international tournament again and returned to his non-sporting life after the Games.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) SUI Marcel Fässler
Four, Men (Olympic) Switzerland 1 1 Gold