sharing the Olympic spirit

Georges Miez
Updated: 2007-07-26 20:44



Georges Miez
Berlin, Dietrich Eckart Open-Air Theatre, August 1936, Games of the XI Olympiad: the Swiss gymnast Georges MIEZ in action on the rings. Credit: IOC Olympic Museum Collections

Born: 2 October 1904

Deceased: 21 April 1999

Birthplace: Töss (Switzerland)

Nationality: Switzerland

Sport: Gymnastics


Paris 1924

Amsterdam 1928

Los Angeles 1932

Berlin 1936


Olympic medals:

Gold: 4

Silver: 3

Bronze: 1

Other results:

World Championships

Gold: 2 (34)

Silver: 1 (34)

Gymnastics stalwart

Georges Miez began his long and distinguished Olympic career as a 19-year-old at the 1924 Paris Games. Although he took part in nine different events, including the rope climb, his only medal, a bronze, came as a member of the Swiss squad in the team combined exercises. He also placed fifth on the horizontal bar. By 1928, however, Miez was the world's leading gymnast. He overcame a poor performance on the parallel bars to win the individual all-around title, and he also earned gold medals on the horizontal bar and in the team event, as Switzerland edged out Czechoslovakia in a close contest. Miez won a silver medal on the pommel horse, finishing just behind his Swiss teammate, Hermann Hänggi. He also placed fourth in the long horse vault and eighth on the rings. Miez traveled to Los Angeles for the 1932 Olympics, but because he was the only Swiss gymnast to do so, he was limited in the events he could enter. He ended up competing only in the floor exercises, earning a silver medal. In 1936, Miez, already 31 years old, participated in his fourth Olympics, and he won a gold medal in the floor exercises, a silver in the team event and placed eighth in the side horse vault. This brought his career medal total to eight: four gold, three silver and one bronze. Miez devoted the rest of his long life to the promotion of gymnastics as a sport.

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