Filipp's athletic past dates back to before he was born. His father missed his birth because he was judging the water polo events at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. And this was just the beginning of a career that would span four countries to date and involve collaborations with some of the former USSR's most distinguished athletes.
Filipp's professional training took off when he was a student at the Olympic Reserve School in Stavropol, Russia. His area of specialization for over 10 years was modern pentathlon (running, swimming, shooting, fencing, horseback riding). He competed and placed highly in several professional youth pentathlon events throughout Russia during the late 90s and early 2000s.
Filipp holds a Russian "kandidat" (masters) degree in physical education from the State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports in Velikiye Luki, Russia. He was awarded the distinction of Master Athlete in the officer triathlon category.
Since he started training amateur athletes in 2002, Filipp has had over 600 students compete in long-distance events. Most recently, he has competed in half-marathons along with his students in Amsterdam, Pisa, Moscow, and Dublin along with a swim/run in Borås, Sweden. Nothing makes him happier than seeing a student cross their first major finish line!