Honorary competitor: Didier Défago, Olympic downhill champion

The former skier Didier Défago is an honorary competitor at the 35th World Ski Championships. Aletsch Half-Marathon. His greatest success was winning the downhill gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. He is also the winner of the Lauberhorn downhill and the Streif in Kitzbühel. He currently works as a ski-run builder and is president of the Association of Valais Mountain Railways.