Olympic Games Rio 2016

Athlete's portrait: swimmer Raphaël Stacchiotti

R-StacchiottiRaphaël Stacchiotti is born on 9 March 1992 in Luxembourg. He is currently being coached by Ingolf Bender at the SC Le Dauphin d'Ettelbruck. He is a specialist of the medley.

In 2008, when he was just 16 years old, the swimmer participated in the Beijing Olympic Games in the 200 metres freestyle competition, and had the honour to bear Luxembourg's flag. In 2009 and 2011, he won 6, respectively 7 medals at the Games of the Small States of Europe. In 2010, Raphaël Stacchiotti won the Gold Medal in the 200m medley at the Junior European Championships in Helsinki.

In 2012, the athlete participated in the London Olympic Games, where he managed to beat his own Luxembourg record – in the 400m medley – by over a second. In 2015 and 2016, he reached the finals in the European Championships.

Due to his excellent performance since the start of his sports career, Raphaël Stacchiotti was set very early to represent Luxembourg at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.



Swimming has been an Olympic discipline since the Athens Games in 1896, the first edition of the modern era. Today, it's one of the disciplines where the highest number of medals is awarded. Swimming is made up of 32 competitions in total. Competitions are divided into semi finals – where the 16 best swimmers compete –, and the finals, where the best 8 swimmers race for a place on the podium. Swimming competitions in Rio are taking place at Barra de Tijijca. This is a temporary structure which will get dismantled after the end of the Olympic Games. 

  • Updated 09-08-2016