Excerpts from Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten article on November 21, 3003:
Val di Fiemme 2003 Fifty kilometer World Champion, Martin Koukal (25) of the Czech Republic is aiming high this season. This spring he is planning on climbing the 8201-meter high Cho Oyo Mountain in Tibet. He wants to win the overall World Cup before he does that.
â€œIt was great to become the World Champion, but is has not changed me. I want to remain being an â€œaverageâ€ guyâ€. It looks like he has succeeded in that. He greats the paper casually dressed and bare feet.