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Roger to lead Switzerland

01.08.2008 | Tennis

One of the athletes of each country has the honour of carrying the national flag during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. This year it will be Roger to head the Swiss delegation into the stadium! After having marched in front of the nation’s group in Athens four years ago he will have the privilege to do so again on August 08 in Beijing – a fantastic birthday present for our champion!


“It is a true honour for me to lead the Swiss athletes into the stadium, carrying the Swiss flag. I have had the privilege to experience many wonderful things; the Olympics are and will always be one of the best. So I am really looking forward to those moments - of course also since this is one of the most wonderful birthday presents I could possibly wish for.


During my first Olympics in Sydney 2000 I had the opportunity to attend competitions in swimming and badminton. Those are great, lasting memories. Four years ago my schedule didn’t allow following any other tournaments. This year I would love to see some basketball-action with the American ‘Dream Team’.


I am certainly looking forward to these Games enormously in many different respects.”



So far 36 female and 48 male Swiss athletes have qualified for Beijing. They represent the following sports: tennis, athletics, shooting, fencing, cycling, mountainbiking, judo, swimming, sailing, triathlon, rowing, gymnastics, badminton, riding, canoeing, pentathlon, taekwondo, archery and beach volleyball. The Swiss won five medals at the Olympic Summer Games in Athens 2004 and nine in Sydney 2000. And of course we are hoping for a good result in China as well! The Olympic Stadium was, after all, designed by the Swiss star-architects Herzog & de Meuron.



PS: August 01 is the Swiss national holiday!


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08/08/2008 | 01:47 AM
Lots and lots of luck in Beijing Roger

Dear Rogerlovers
Roger's recent struggles had elements of bad luck,worse of which was probably getting mono ? the first domino.From the lovely photos in the forum,he looks healthy enough
08/08/2008 | 12:35 AM

Your post on pg. 59 is sarcastic yet hilarious at the same time. But while I was laughing I had a nagging question cross my mind, "Are you laughing with us or at us?".
08/07/2008 | 09:11 PM
My best wishes for the tennis player who has been responsible for my LOVING the game.

Good luck Roger
08/07/2008 | 08:45 PM

Dear Roger

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Roger
Happy birthday to youuuu.

Congratulations also on the rare honour of being your country's flagbearer;I look forward to watching you enjoying your preciou
08/07/2008 | 07:26 PM
I will see you tomorrow, with proud of you.
08/07/2008 | 05:56 PM
Happy Birthday in advance - Have a great day tomorrow. Luv
08/07/2008 | 05:24 PM
My dear Roger! I am an volunteer at Bird's Nest and hopefully I can watch you leading the Swiss delegation into the stadium! Happy Birthday and May the gold medals be yours!
Best wishes from China
08/07/2008 | 04:05 PM
happy birthday sweet roger wish you the good luck tommorow
we are soo proud of you
hope you will do well
love you alot
08/07/2008 | 03:15 PM
Well, it's a shame that I failed to get the tennis ticket of the Olympic (my home is just a mile from the central court...). Anyway, it's still nice to see you live on broadcast. Waiting to cheer you tomorrow night, in the bird nest!!!
We all love you an
08/07/2008 | 02:43 PM
Happy Birthday! What a special way to spend your day, carrying your country's flag in the oepning ceremony. This will lead to your wearing the gold medal. Enjoy your day.
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