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Thanks to its varied landscape and climate, Switzerland offers a great variety of sports to its visitors and inhabitants, who are regular and enthusiastic participants.
The Swiss mountains, with peaks reaching 4,000 meters above sea level, are a sheer paradise for skiers, hikers and climbers. Skiing is very popular, and Switzerland boasts several world famous ski resorts. In the summer, a dense network of well-kept footpaths covers the country and mountains. For the brave, many mountain bike trails are available as well.
The country enjoys numerous lakes, some as large as Lake Geneva (73 km. long, located on the border with France) or Lake Constance (63 km. long, on the border with Germany and with Austria), and many smaller mountain lakes. This makes Switzerland a wonderful destination for lovers of all kinds of water sports, including sailing, an extremely popular sport in the country. Moreover, although Switzerland has no access to the sea or the ocean, the world famous America's Cup has twice been won by the Swiss team Alinghi, sailing a cutting-edge sailboat designed by the scientists of EPFL, one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology.
Several other sports, such as soccer, ice-hockey, skating, tennis and biking are widely practiced and have enthusiastic supporters in Switzerland. A number of international champions, such as Roger Federer - one of the most famous and successful tennis champions of the moment, Stéphane Lambiel - twice world ice-skating champion, several ski champions, and many others hail from Switzerland.