Mario Matt

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Mario Matt
Alpine skier
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Matt during January 2007 FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup competitions in Schladming, Styria, Austria
Disciplines Slalom, Giant slalom, Combined
ClubSC ArlbergTirol
Born (1979-04-09) 9 April 1979 (age 42)
Zams, Tyrol, Austria
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
World Cup debut21 December 1999
(age 20)
Retired12 March 2015
(age 35)
Teams2 – (2006, 2014)
Medals1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams8 – (200115)
Medals5 (3 gold)
World Cup
Seasons16 – (200015)
Wins15 – (14 SL, 1 SC)
Podiums42 – (1 GS, 40 SL, 1 SC)
Overall titles0 – (5th in 2007)
Discipline titles0 – (2nd in SL, 2007)
Medal record

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


Slalom racing career

Born in Zams, Tyrol, [4] 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. [5] With a remarkably long career as a top slalom racer, he is the second oldest (after André Myhrer, who won gold in 2018) to win an Olympic gold medal in slalom skiing (in Sochi at the 2014 Winter olympics) [1] [2] [3] and also the second oldest (after Dave Ryding) to win a (regular) World Cup slalom race. [6] 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 12 March 2015. [7]

World Cup results

Season standings

2000 20234
2001 21173
2002 2229837
2003 239135
2004 24236
2005 25296
2006 2636162332
2007 27522511
2008 281041529
2009 2929740
2010 308531
2011 31204
2012 32287
2013 33216
2014 34276
2015 359629

Race victories

  • 15 wins – (14 SL, 1 SC)
  • 42 podiums – (40 SL, 1 GS, 1 SC)
2000 23 Jan 2000 Flag of Austria.svg Kitzbühel, Austria Slalom
9 Mar 2000 Flag of Austria.svg Schladming, AustriaSlalom
2001 19 Dec 2000 Flag of Italy.svg Madonna di Campiglio, ItalySlalom
2002 26 Nov 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Aspen, USASlalom
2005 13 Mar 2005 Flag of Switzerland.svg Lenzerheide, SwitzerlandSlalom
2007 14 Jan 2007 Flag of Switzerland.svg Wengen, Switzerland Super combined
25 Feb 2007 Flag of Germany.svg Garmisch, GermanySlalom
4 Mar 2007 Flag of Slovenia.svg Kranjska Gora, SloveniaSlalom
2008 6 Jan 2008 Flag of Switzerland.svg Adelboden, SwitzerlandSlalom
22 Jan 2008 Flag of Austria.svg Schladming, AustriaSlalom
17 Feb 2008 Flag of Croatia.svg Zagreb, CroatiaSlalom
2009 14 Mar 2009 Flag of Sweden.svg Åre, SwedenSlalom
2011 27 Feb 2011 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bansko, BulgariaSlalom
6 Mar 2011 Flag of Slovenia.svg Kranjska Gora, SloveniaSlalom
2014 15 Dec 2013 Flag of France.svg Val d'Isère, FranceSlalom

World Championships results

  Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 
2001 2112
2003 23DNF1
2005 25DNF111
2007 27 1 11
2009 29 DNF1
2011 31 4
2013 33 3
2015 35 DNF1

Olympic results Olympic rings.svg

  Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 
2002 22injured: did not compete
2006 26 DNF1 34
2010 30
2014 34 1

Business career

In 2009, Matt purchased the Krazy Kanguruh bar at the Arlberg resort St. Anton. He also runs a stable where he breeds Arabian horses. [8]


Matt is the brother of skicross competitor and Olympic silver winner Andreas Matt [8] and fellow alpine skier Michael Matt. [9]

See also

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