Felix Endrich

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Felix Endrich
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1948 St. Moritz Two-man
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1949 Lake Placid Two-man
Gold medal – first place 1953 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Two-man
Silver medal – second place 1947 St. Moritz Two-man
Bronze medal – third place 1951 Alpe d'Huez Two-man

Felix Endrich (December 5, 1921 – January 31, 1953) was a Swiss bobsledder who competed in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he won the gold medal along with brakeman Fritz Waller in the two-man event at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz.[1][2]


As a pilot, Endrich won four medals in the two-man event at the FIBT World Championships with two golds (1949, 1953), one silver (1947), and one bronze (1951).

Endrich was killed at the 1953 FIBT World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany during the four-man competition when the sled he was driving hurtled over a wall and crashed into a tree. He suffered a broken neck in the collision and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He had also won the two-man world championship a week earlier.[3]


  1. ^ "Felix Endrich - Bobsleigh". Olympic.org. 30 January 1984. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  2. ^ Wallenchinsky, David (1984). The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics. New York: Penguin Books. p. 558.
  3. ^ "Sport: Death at Garmisch". TIME. 9 February 1953. Retrieved 15 October 2014.