Anne-Sophie Thilo

Anne-Sophie Thilo (born 3 December 1987) is a Swiss former sailor, who specialized in the two-person dinghy (470) class.[1] Together with her partner Emmanuelle Rol, she won a silver medal at the Europeans in Riva del Garda, Italy and was named one of the country's top sailors in the double-handed dinghy for the Summer Olympics a few months later in Beijing, finishing in a lowly seventeenth place.[2][3] A member of her native Pully's local sailing club (French: Club Nautique de Pully), Thilo trained most of her sporting career under the federation's head coach for 470, French-born Nicolas Novara.[4]

Anne-Sophie Thilo
Personal information
Full nameAnne-Sophie Thilo
Nationality  Switzerland
Born (1987-12-03) 3 December 1987 (age 33)
Pully, Vaud, Switzerland
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Sailing career
ClubClub Nautique de Pully
CoachNicolas Novara (FRA)
Medal record
Women's sailing
Representing Switzerland
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 2008 Riva del Garda 470

Thilo competed for the Swiss sailing squad, as a crew member in the women's 470 class, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She and skipper Rol topped the Swiss Sailing Federation's selection criteria for a coveted spot on the Olympic team, based on their cumulative scores attained in a series of international regattas, including their runner-up finish at the Europeans a few months earlier.[3][5] The Swiss duo seized their advantage at the initial half of the series by taking the top-ten spots each in races 2 to 4, but a series of unanticipated technical errors towards the final legs pushed both Thilo and Rol to the near end of the fleet, sitting them in a lowly seventeenth overall with 114 net points.[2][6]

When she and Rol split their partnership in late 2008, Thilo teamed up with several Swiss sailors at various international regattas until her sporting career came to a fruitful end in 2013.[7] Thilo currently served as a chairman and sports development consultant for the Athletes' Council at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Lausanne.[8]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Anne-Sophie Thilo". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Rol et Thilo ne navigueront plus ensemble" [Rol and Thilo will no longer sail together] (in French). 20 minutes. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b "EM-Silber für Rol/Thilo" [European silver for Rol and Thilo] (in German). Volksblatt. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Jung und unerfahren" [Young and inexperienced] (in German). Berner Zeitung. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Zwei Quotenplätze für Schweizer Segler" [Two quota places for Swiss sailors] (in German). Volksblatt. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Beijing 2008: Women's 470 Class". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  7. ^ Wullschleger, Jacques (4 December 2008). "Anne-Sophie Thilo, ancienne championne de voile" [Anne-Sophie Thilo, a former sailing champion]. (in French). Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Meeting Between an Olympian and the Students". Lausanne 2020. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2020.

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