Liechtenstein Brings Home the Gold
At the XV Games of the Small States of Europe, held in Luxembourg from May 27 to June 1, Liechtenstein once again impressed with its most successful team yet.
Despite sending only 36 athletes, the second smallest contingent among the nine participating nations, Liechtenstein came in fourth place in the gold medal count and the overall medal count, winning eleven gold medals and 34 metals in total.
Julia Hassler leads the pack.
Julia Hassler had outstanding performances at the games, winning four gold medals and nine total in her swimming events. Steffi Vogt also won multiple gold medals, defending her 2011 singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles.
Steffi Vogt swings into victory.
The games, established in 1985, are a biennial multi-sport event organized by the Olympic committees of the participating countries. Recognizing that small countries face a distinct disadvantage in international sporting competitions due to their size, the Games of the Small States of Europe were founded to provide these countries a venue to compete fairly against nations of similar sizes. The member states are Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, and San Marino. This year, 120 events were contested from in sporting disciplines including athletics, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball.