German skies for 11 days

24th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

The athlete has set out to break world endurance records.

Vienna (dpa) - A German athlete has skied continuously for 264 hours, or 11 days, in Austria's Oetztal valley to break his own endurance world record, tourism officials confirmed on Tuesday.

Christian Fluehr, a 34-year-old extreme athlete, went down the same slope for the past 11 days without a break and only slept when going uphill in the cable car, Oetztal tourism spokeswoman Carmen Fender said.

Fluehr discontinued his ski marathon late on Monday afternoon, thereby bettering his own record by 22 hours, the athlete said in a press release.

"I think now he's getting a good night's sleep," Fender said.

During his record attempt the skiing marathon man put up with all weather conditions, but apart from a few harmless falls, nothing serious happened.

The cable car gondola served as a mobile "headquarters" for the German. During the approximately 10-minute-trip to the summit, Fluehr, power-napped, ate or washed.

Researchers from two Austrian universities examined Fluehr during his 11-day-ordeal in order to gain new information about short-term sleep.

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