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Ski mountaineering race: Zermatt’s Martin Anthamatten in top form


On Saturday, 11 January 2014, ski mountaineering athlete Martin Anthamatten from Zermatt won two races in one day. The first race was held in the morning in Morgins and the second in Crans-Montana. Martin Anthamatten is decidedly in top form and ready to defend his title in the Patrouille des Glaciers, which will start in Zermatt.

The Patrouille des Glaciers takes place every two years, with the next event scheduled for 29 April to 3 May 2014. The iconic race starts in Zermatt and ends in Verbier. Teams of three athletes cover 4,000 m of altitude over a distance of 50 kilometres. In 2010, Martin Anthamatten and his team members Yannick Ecouer and Florent Troillet set a course record at 5 hours 52 minutes. In 2012, the race was interrupted, respectively shortened by bad weather conditions.

It’s all about winning
The exact composition of the team for the April 2014 Patrouille des Glaciers is not yet clear. Martin Anthamatten is imperturbable, likely candidates are his former team mates Yannick Ecoeur and Florent Troillet as well as Zermatt’s Andreas Steindl. “We are all ready to go. The best three will compete. Trainer Toni Sbalby will decide two weeks before the race who the lucky three will be”, explains Anthamatten. “It’s all about winning“, he says and adds: “We want to defend our title and go for gold.”
Impressive results on Saturday
On the morning of Saturday 11 January 2014, Martin Anthamatten and his teammate Yannick Ecoeur both came first in the “individual” category of the Morgins alpine skiing race. Anthamatten went straight on to Crans-Montana and bagged another win, this time in the Vertical Race (5 km distance, 1,000 m altitude). Well done, Martin! Now we hope that the Zermatt athletes will defend their title in the Patrouille des Glaciers - the signs are excellent!

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