André Filippini

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAndré•Filippini
Used nameAndré•Filippini
Born13 September 1924 in Sion, Valais (SUI)
Died18 November 2013 in Sion, Valais (SUI)
NOC Switzerland
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


André Filippini won a bobsled bronze medal at the 1952 Oslo Winter Olympics together with Fritz Feierabend, Albert Madörin and Stephan Waser. He never appeared at any other major championship. He later became president of the FC Sion football club from 1971-77. Filippini, a construction entrepreneur who influenced politics in the Valais Canton in Switzerland, was a well-known businessman in Switzerland, but was also involved in the so-called SAVRO affair. In 1977 four employees of his enterprise SAVRO AG burned 1,820 kilograms of accounting documents. Thirteen people were arrested and accused of active and passive bribery, causing financial damage of more than 2 million Swiss Francs. Three of the accused, Filippini, Jean Vernay, chief of the road construction department, and Maurice Pasquinoli, chief of the Valais traffic police, were found guilty and sentenced to eight years in prison and a financial penalty of 40K Swiss Francs. Filippini died at the age of 89 years in his hometown Sion.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) SUI André Filippini
Four, Men (Olympic) Switzerland 1 3 Bronze