Olympic gold medalists Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka and two-time cycling champion Fabian Cancellara were warmly greeted by thousands of fans cheering the only Swiss athletes to receive gold in the Beijing Olympics.
The celebrations came just few days after Federer clinched the US Open victory
, his 13th Grand Slam title.
"It is good to be back in Switzerland after a long journey of more than nine weeks. It is special to be able to share this moment with Stan and Fabian,"
"It's a fantastic feeling to have all three Swiss gold medal winners here,"
said Basel City official Christoph Eymann.
He praised them for their fair play and sportsmanship, adding: "They are a model for youth, not only in sport but in everyday life."
(photo/Georgios Kefalas, EPA)