CHRISTIAN INSAM

CHRISTIAN INSAM

DATE OF BIRTH: 1976.09.24
NATIONALITY: ITALY

Bio

"The higher he goes up, the farther he sees; whoever farther sees, the longer he dreams"."

Walter Bonatti

I live in Santa Cristina in Valgardena, I am married and have a 10 year old daughter. I work as a programmer and operator of CNC machinery at a local company and we are mainly specialized in woodworking. I started doing sports from a young age, at the age of 6. My uncle returned from the Sarajevo Olympics gave me an ice hockey stick and from there the love for this sport was born. I played for 24 years in various teams such as Selva, Gardena, Fassa, Appiano and participating in various World and European championships with the Italian junior national team. At the age of 30 I finished my competitive career as a hockey player but my passion for sport was always on. So I started with small running gaiters, a two-year period of triathlon and finally the extra distances that I still practice.

Interview

1) Which is your favorite place for running?
I prefer the mountains but I don't dislike any place. I believe that in every corner of the world there is the possibility of discovering new places by running.
2) Which is your specialization?
I am not very fast on short races so I am more comfortable on the ultra distances, that is races over 40-50 km with a lot of altitude.
3) Do you have a pre-race routine?
I try if possible to always eat the same things, possibly homemade.
4) When and why did you start running?
I started from a young age where running was part of the dry preparation for the hockey season and from there this desire to seek my limits and explore new territories was born. I love being in the mountains and admiring nature.
5) Which are your La Sportiva favorite shoes?
Akasha for long distances and Kaptiva for medium distances.
6) What's in the air?
I still have many dreams in my drawer, if my physique will allow it, I would still like to run to new places, maybe on some island and dedicate myself to some personal project.

 

In primo piano

  • 1996 Gold Medal at the Hockey European Championship group B
  • 1997 Italian Championship A2 series with Garden
  • 2006 Ironman Austria
  • 2011 First victory in Trail - Sellaronda Trail Running
  • 2014 Winner Dolomiti Sky Run 132km
  • 2015 Trail World Championship - Annecy
  • Winner Dolomiti Sky Run 132km

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