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Ski mountaineer Martin Anthamatten from Zermatt going for gold

The Ski Mountaineering World Championship takes place in Italian Claut near Cortina on 19 to 25 February 2011. Medal hopeful in several disciplines is top athlete Martin Anthamatten from Zermatt. 

On the northern slope of the Ressetum massif, close to the Friaulian Dolomites Nature Park (UNESCO World Heritage) in Italy, some 400 participants from 30 nations with 25 from Switzerland including the man from Zermatt will compete in the demanding ski mountaineering disciplines. 

Martin Anthamatten (26) is optimistic about the sprint discipline: “Between 3rd and 5th place should be on the cards.” In the vertical race, which involves running 1000 metres up the mountain in full skiing gear, Martin Anthamatten’s ambition is even higher: “To stand on the podium as one of the first three.” 

The top athlete from Zermatt is also counting on a podium place in the individual event where competitors have to master four ascents, total 1400 metres, and four downhill runs, total 1800 metres. 

Martin Anthamatten has also attracted attention outside the ski mountaineering scene with a sensational course record at last year’s Patrouille des Glaciers 2010 event. Together with team mates Florent Troillet and Yannik Ecouer, he set up the new course record for this toughest of ski mountaineering races.

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