Skitour racing: Two Zermatters are world champions
At the 2013 Skitour Racing World Championships in Pelvoux, France, Martin Anthamatten from Zermatt collected the silver medal. In the team relay two of the 4-man team were from Zermatt – Andreas Steindl and again Martin Anthamatten.
This showed once again that Zermatt is definitely a world-class destination for skitour racing. Already in February 2012 Pelvoux had brought luck to Martin Anthamatten and Andreas Steindl. At the European Championships 2012 held there Martin Anthamatten had bagged several medals, including gold. And Andreas Steindl – then still a junior – had also been at his best in Pelvoux (see links below). In February 2013 Martin Anthamatten and Andreas Steindl are also on top form. In the Vertical Race at the World Championships in Pelvoux Martin Anthamatten won silver behind the Spaniard Kilian Jornet Burgada: ‘‘It’s a very special feeling to win silver in a world championship among top athletes“, says Martin Anthamatten.
World champion from Zermatt 15 February 2013 is the day of the great Swiss triumph. In the team relay Switzerland won gold for the first time in the history of skitour racing. The team of Martin Anthamatten (Zermatt), Andreas Steindl (Zermatt), Yannick Ecoeur (Morgins) and Marcel Marti (Grindelwald) came out on top. Martin Anthamatten got them off to a good start, Andreas and Yannick worked to maintain the lead and Marcel produced a dashing finish to give the Swiss team the gold medal, 0,6 seconds ahead. The two Zermatters Martin Anthamatten and Andreas Steindl are not only teammates. ‘‘We often train together and are on and off on the road together“, said Martin Anthamatten happily, a few minutes after their championship victory. Matterhorn Ultraks on 20 April 2013 As world champion and runner-up, Martin Anthamatten is the best ambassador for the Matterhorn Ultraks, the skitour races due to take place in Zermatt on 20 April 2013 for the first time. Together with Andreas Steindl he demonstrates that the Matterhorn village, with its high alpine environment and mountains with a well-connected funicular network, is the best place for altitude training and high alpine sports. The Matterhorn Ultraks are skitour races that take individual and team athletes over runs of 20 km, 30 km and 36 km with an altitude difference of up to 2900 metres (see link).