The Luxembourg Olympic Committee (COSL) was founded in 1912, the same year as its first participation in the Stockholm Olympic Games. Since then, the COSL has participated in all Summer Olympic Games’ venues (with the exception of the Los Angeles games in 1932). In 1952, in Helsinki, Josy Barthel won the only gold medal in Luxembourg Olympic history by winning the 1500 m in 3:45.2 seconds.
In 1974, a complete restructuring of the Luxembourg Olympic and sporting movement took place: the COSL brought together the Luxembourg sporting federations (61 at the time). On 28 April 1978, the cabinet recognised the COSL as the central sporting organisation. During the Winter Olympic Games in Albertville in 1992, Marc Girardelli won two silver medals in the Super G and Giant Slalom.
In 2001, the COSL modified its internal structure, allowing for greater professionalism, without which performances at the highest level would not be possible. Consistent with its mission to promote all levels of sport and sporting practice in Luxembourg, the COSL also supports competitive sports federations and invests in leisure sports and school sports.
The COSL hopes to participate in the London Olympic Games from 27 July to 12 August 2012 with a dozen athletes. It has done everything it can to enable Luxembourg athletes to be properly prepared and achieve good results.
The Olympic Games are the meeting place of some 10,000 athletes selected by 204 Olympic committees around the world.
The variety of events and the great media interest make these games the number one sporting event. The geographic proximity of the 2012 Games will allow numerous supporters to encourage Luxembourg athletes and to enjoy this unique ambiance.
Title: Olympic Games 2012 in London – Luxembourg
Date of Issue: 15 May 2012
Denominations: 0,60, 1,10