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Pippa Middleton competes in gruelling Swiss ski challenge

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Pippa Middleton definitely looked the part as she stepped up to compete in the Inferno Cross Country ski race, on Saturday. Beaming broadly, it was hard to believe that the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, was about to take on the world’s longest downhill ski race.Never one to shy away from a challenge, the extreme sports enthusiast participated in the legendary race in Mürren, Switzerland, and completed it in an impressive time. After a gruelling 15km downhill ski, and a drop of over 2770 metres in altitude, the 32-year-old placed 67th out of 105 competitors, after completing the course in 12 minutes and 28 seconds.

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Pippa completed the 15km downhill ski race in an impressive time of 12 minutes and 28 seconds

The race forms part of the Inferno four-day competition, which comprises of a tough cross-country skiing event through the village of Mürren, which took place on Wednesday, and a Giant Slalom skiing race, which was on Thursday.Sam Bichsel, spokesperson for the event, spoke to People about Pippa’s impressive performance, "She did really good! For her it was a really positive result and she was really, really happy to finish the race."

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The Duchess of Cambridge's sister loves to push herself with extreme sporting challenges

Despite being an experienced skier, Sam revealed that the author was still apprehensive before she began the challenge. "She was a little bit nervous at the start because it was the first time she has done a race like this," he said, adding, "It’s one of the hardest races you can do in the alpine sport, almost 15km downhill and a little bit uphill too, it’s not easy!"Over the past few years, Kate’s younger sister has become known for her love of extreme challenges. In September, alongside her brother James, she competed in the Otillo swim-run in Sweden, to raise money for charity. A year before, she took on a gruelling 3,000 mile cycle ride from California to Maryland, as part of the Race Across America challenge.