In the late 20th-century, it was discovered that runner Michel Théato was actually Luxembourgish. Théato competed for France at the 1900 Summer Olympics, where he won the gold medal in the men's marathon. The medal is still credited to France by the IOC.
After Luxembourg's first appearance, in St. Moritz, and the country's second appearance, at the 1936 Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Luxembourg did not compete at the Olympics for another five decades. As a low-lying country, whose highest peak (the Kneiff) lies only 560 metres (1,837 ft) above sea level, Luxembourg had little pedigree in most Winter Olympic sports.
Neither Girardelli, nor Luxembourg, has won another Winter medal since 1992, but the country's return to the Winter world stage has been maintained by the appearance of two ice skaters in subsequent Games: Patrick Schmit in 1998 and Fleur Maxwell in 2006.
Luxembourg qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics two athletes but did not participate because one did not reach the criteria set by the NOC and the other was injured before the Games.