What Stan Wawrinka (34) does is incredible. In addition to the big four Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, the fighter is the only one who can win more than one Grand Slam tournament this year. In 2014 he won the Australian Open and the Davis Cup. The French Open in 2015 and the US Open in 2016. In total, Romand wins 15 titles in this decade and reaches 3rd place in the world rankings. Bad luck for injuries prevents even more success.
Roger Federer (38) has won an incredible 20 Grand Slam titles in his career. He collected most of the record mark in the previous decade. But even in this decade, the maestro is doing well. He won three Australian Open victories and two Wimbledon triumphs. Then the Davis Cup victory in 2014, Olympic silver in 2012 and two triumphs at the ATP Finals. Federer celebrated 42 of his 103 tournament victories this decade. 48 of his 310 weeks as world number 1 fall into this decade. In 2018 he became the oldest number 1 in history at 36 years and 320 days. Successes that are second to none.
Fabian Cancellara (38) is one of the most successful cyclists of this decade worldwide. He became the 2010 time trial world champion and 2016 Olympic champion. But above all it is his classic decade. From 2010 to 2014 Cancellara won two Paris-Roubaix and three times the Tour of Flanders. In the entire decade, he is the professional cyclist with the most victories in the five cycling monuments. He also wears the Maillot Jaune of the Tour de France for 12 days this decade. He ended his career in 2016.
At the beginning of the decade, Andy Schmid (36) switched to the Rhein-Neckar Löwen and started there. The playmaker developed into the best Swiss handball player of all time in the Bundesliga. From 2014 to 2018, Schmid was named the best player in the league five times in a row – and in the unanimously best league in the world. In 2016 and 2017 Schmid became champion with the lions, in 2018 the team won the trophy and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 the Supercup. In 2013, the Schmid team also celebrated winning the EHF Cup. The national team also leads Schmid to the European Championship 2020 – the first Swiss participation in a major tournament since 2006.
In 2010 Carlo Janka (33) redeemed Ski Switzerland after a long wait. In a close duel, he prevailed against Benjamin Raich (Ö) and was the first Swiss to win the overall World Cup after 18 years. The last time Paul Accola triumphed was in 1992. Janka is the last Swiss overall World Cup winner so far. Janka also struck at the Olympics and won giant gold in Vancouver in 2010. There are also six World Cup victories at Janka this decade, including two successes in Wengen. In 2015 he won the combined discipline World Cup. The Janka decade is also shaped by health problems. He had to undergo heart surgery, complained of chronic back pain and tore the cruciate ligament.
“This is not possible!”
With this ride, Janka gets SRF courtiers upset
Didier Cuche (45) ended his career in 2012. Nevertheless, he has had some successes in this decade alone. In total, he celebrated 10 World Cup victories in the decade that ended. He twice won the Downhill World Cup, once the Super G World Cup and won silver in Downhill. Above all, he shone in the royal race in Kitzbühel. From 2010 to 2012 he celebrated four victories in Kitzbühel. Three downhill (from a total of five in series!). Plus one in the Super-G. This dominance of Kitzbühel makes his career – even in this decade – unique. Also noteworthy: With his last victory in the Super-G of Crans Montana at the age of 37 years and 192 days, he is still the oldest winner of a World Cup race ever.
Hardly any other Swiss athlete has ever dominated a sport like Nino Schurter (33) in mountain bike cross-country. He hamstered seven World Cup titles in this decade, five of them in series. He won the overall World Cup seven times, four times in a row. He won Olympic silver in 2012 in London and in 2016 Rio crowned his career with gold. At the same time, he also completed his Olympic medal set. He celebrated 32 World Cup victories and won the prestigious Cape Epic stage race twice.
Can’t beat Schurter
Nino wins Olympic gold
At the end of the last decade, Dario Cologna’s (33) star rose. But the cross-country star has been celebrating its greatest successes since 2010. During this time, he won the overall World Cup three times, the Distance World Cup four times, and the Tour de Ski three times. He is the first Swiss cross-country skier to win gold and two silver at world championships. But especially at Olympia, Cologna is a bank. He always wins gold at least once in the games 2010, 2014 and 2018, in total he wins four gold medals. Together with Martin Fourcade, he is the most successful winter Olympic athlete of the decade – measured by gold medals in individual disciplines.
The decade began with the insane flights by Simon Ammann (38). In Vancouver, he crowned himself with double gold as double double Olympic champion. A feat that no other ski jumper has managed to date. In addition, Ammann won the overall World Cup in 2010 and became the Ski Flying World Champion. In 2011 there was also a World Cup bronze. The Toggenburg celebrated 12 of his 23 World Cup victories in this decade. His severe fall in Bischofshofen in 2015 was also formative. At that time he crashed violently on the face in top form and has been looking for a connection to the world leaders since then.
At the latest with his victory at the Swiss Federal 2019 in Zug, Christian Stucki (34) has been chosen as the defining writer of this decade. Because Stucki won the Unspunnen-Schwinget in 2017, he completed the so-called Schwing Grand Slam in this decade. As the only Zwilchhosen gladiator alongside Jörg Abderhalden, Stucki won the Kilchberg-Schwinget (2008), the Unspunnen and the Swiss. In total, he celebrated 24 wreath festivals. Thanks to his successes and, above all, thanks to his national popularity, he was voted first athlete of the year in 2019.