Mario Matt

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Mario Matt
— Alpine skier —
Mario Matt.jpg
Matt in January 2007
Disciplines Slalom, Giant slalom, Combined
Club SC ArlbergTirol
Born (1979-04-09) 9 April 1979 (age 38)
Flirsch, Tyrol, Austria
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
World Cup debut 21 December 1999
(age 20)
Retired 12 March 2015
(age 35)
Website mariomatt.com
Olympics
Teams 2 – (2006, 2014)
Medals 1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 8 – (200115)
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 former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist.[1][2][3]

Born in Flirsch, Tyrol, Matt made his World Cup debut in December 1999. He claimed 15 World Cup victories: 14 in slalom and one super combined. Matt is also a two-time world champion in slalom, with titles 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 (in Sochi at the 2014 Winter olympics)[1][2][3] and the oldest to win a World Cup slalom race.[5] Matt also 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 announced his retirement from ski racing on March 12, 2015.[6]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
2000 20 23 4
2001 21 17 3
2002 22 29 8 37
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
2015 35 96 29

Race victories[edit]

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

World Championships results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2001 21 1 2
2003 23 DNF1
2005 25 DNF1 11
2007 27 1 11
2009 29 DNF1
2011 31 4
2013 33 3
2015 35 DNF1

Olympic results Olympic rings with white rims.svg[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2002 22 injured: did not compete
2006 26 DNF1 34
2010 30
2014 34 1

Personal[edit]

Matt is the brother of skicross competitor Andreas Matt and fellow alpine skier Michael Matt.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. 
  6. ^ "Mario Matt bids farewell". www.skionline.ch. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Die Schachzüge der Matt-Brüder" [The maneuvers of the Matt brothers]. nachrichten.at (in German). 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 

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