|Natascia Leonardi Cortesi
1 May 1971 |
Natascia Leonardi Cortesi (born 1 May 1971) is a Swiss cross-country skier and ski mountaineering who has competed since 1988 in the World Cup circuit. She won a bronze medal in the 4 x 5 km relay at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and had her best individual finish with a 10th place in the 30 km event at those same games. This was the first olympic medal ever for a Swiss woman cross-country team. Leonardi Cortesi's best score at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was a 5th place in the 4 x 5 km relay in 1999.
In Ski mountaineering she won 2005 the Trofeo Mezzalama with Gloriana Pellisier and Christiane Nex. 2006 she was vertical race world champion.
At the Worldloppet she won three times her home-race the Engadin Skimarathon in 2003, 2005 and 2006. She was the first Swiss woman to win the Kangaroo Hoppet 2006 in Australia and 2011 the Transjurassienne in France.