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Mario Matt

Mario Matt
— Alpine skier —
Matt in January 2007
Disciplines Slalom
Club SC ArlbergTirol
Born (1979-04-09) 9 April 1979
Flirsch, Tyrol, Austria
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
World Cup debut 21 December 1999
(age 20)
Website mario-matt.at
Olympics
Teams 2 – (2006, 2014)
Medals 1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 7 – (200113)
Medals 5 (3 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 16 – (200015)
Wins 15 – (14 SL, 1 SC)
Podiums 42 – (1 GS, 40 SL, 1 SC)
Overall titles 0 – (5th in 2007)
Discipline titles 0 – (2nd in SL, 2007)

Mario Matt (born 9 April 1979) is an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist.[1][2][3]

Born in Flirsch, Tyrol, Matt is a slalom specialist and made his World Cup debut in December 1999. Through January 2014, he has 15 World Cup victories: 14 in slalom and one super combined. Matt is a two-time world champion in slalom, with titles in in 2001 and 2007.[4] With a remarkably long career as a top slalom racer, he is the oldest to win an Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing and the oldest to win a World Cup slalom race.[5] Matt has the third longest time interval between first and last World Cup victories (13 years, 10 months, and 22 days), after Ingemar Stenmark and Didier Cuche.

Matt won his only Olympic medal at age 34, a gold in slalom at Sochi in 2014, held at Rosa Khutor.[1] Less than seven weeks shy of his 35th birthday, he became the oldest Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing, passing Kjetil André Aamodt (b. 1971) by over four months.[1][2][3]

World Cup results

Season standings

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
2000 20 23 4
2001 21 17 3
2002 22 29 8
2003 23 91 35
2004 24 23 6
2005 25 29 6
2006 26 36 16 23 32
2007 27 5 2 25 11
2008 28 10 4 15 29
2009 29 29 7 40
2010 30 85 31
2011 31 20 4
2012 32 28 7
2013 33 21 6
2014 34 27 6

Race victories

  • 15 wins – (14 SL, 1 SC)
  • 42 podiums – (1 GS, 40 SL, 1 SC)
Season Date Location Discipline
2000 23 Jan 2000 Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom
9 Mar 2000 Schladming, Austria Slalom
2001 19 Dec 2000 Madonna di Campiglio, Italy Slalom
2002 26 Nov 2001 Aspen, USA Slalom
2005 13 Mar 2005    Lenzerheide, Switzerland Slalom
2007 14 Jan 2007    Wengen, Switzerland Super combined
25 Feb 2007 Garmisch, Germany Slalom
4 Mar 2007 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Slalom
2008 6 Jan 2008    Adelboden, Switzerland Slalom
22 Jan 2008 Schladming, Austria Slalom
17 Feb 2008 Zagreb, Croatia Slalom
2009 14 Mar 2009 Åre, Sweden Slalom
2011 27 Feb 2011 Bansko, Bulgaria Slalom
6 Mar 2011 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia Slalom
2014 15 Dec 2013 Val d'Isère, France Slalom

Personal

He is the brother of skicross competitor Andreas Matt.

References

  1. ^ a b c Etchells, Tim (22 February 2014). "Mario Matt holds on for gold, as Ligety blasts course". Ski Racing. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Pennington, Bill (22 February 2014). "Slalom champion sets an age record". New York Times. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Moore, David Leon (22 February 2014). "After fast start, Ted Ligety falls short in slalom". USA Today. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/613.html?sector=AL&competitorid=38570&type=result
  5. ^ McKee, Hank (15 December 2013). "Matt becomes oldest man to win World Cup slalom". Ski Racing. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 

External links

  • Mario Matt at the International Ski Federation
  • FIS-Ski.com – World Cup season standings – Mario Matt
  • Ski-db.com – results – Mario Matt
  • Sports-Reference.com – Olympic results – Mario Matt
  • Official website (German)
  • Austrian Ski team – official site – Mario Matt – (German)
  • Blizzard Skis – athletes – Mario Matt
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