Francesco De Zanna

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrancesco•De Zanna
Used nameFrancesco•De Zanna
Born18 January 1905 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno (ITA)
Died9 April 1989 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno (ITA)
NOC Italy


Francesco De Zanna was an Italian bobsledder and ice hockey player with Austrian citizenship. He was born in Cortina d’Ampezzo when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but in 1918, following the end of the World War I, Cortina passed to the Kingdom of Italy.

De Zanna was active at a competitive level from the early-1920s to the mid-1950s. He participated at the 1936 Winter Olympics, then took part in four world championships between 1938 and 1955, when he achieved his best World Championship finish, fourth in the two-man bob at Sankt Moritz with Luigi Figoli. Domestically, De Zanna won three national two-man titles (1930, 1933, 1938) and seven four-man titles (1924, 1930, 1932-34, 1938-39). As a hockey player, he won the Italian title in the 1931/32 season, and was active for many years with the Hockey Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) ITA Francesco De Zanna
Four, Men (Olympic) Italy 2 AC