Mario Matt

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Mario Matt
Alpine skier
Mario Matt.jpg
Matt in January 2007
Disciplines Slalom, Giant slalom, Combined
ClubSC ArlbergTirol
Born (1979-04-09) 9 April 1979 (age 39)
Zams, Tyrol, Austria
Height1.90 m (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)

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

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup international alpine skiing competition during northern winter

The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of alpine skiing competitions, launched in 1966 by a group of ski racing friends and experts which included French journalist Serge Lang and the alpine ski team directors from France and the USA. It was soon backed by International Ski Federation president Marc Hodler during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1966 at Portillo, Chile, and became an official FIS event in the spring of 1967 after the FIS Congress at Beirut, Lebanon. The first World Cup ski race was held in Berchtesgaden, West Germany, on January 5, 1967. Jean-Claude Killy of France and Nancy Greene of Canada were the overall winners for the first two seasons.

Alpine skiing Sport of skiing downhill

Alpine skiing, or downhill skiing, is the pastime of sliding down snow-covered slopes on skis with fixed-heel bindings, unlike other types of skiing, which use skis with free-heel bindings. Whether for recreation or sport, it is typically practised at ski resorts, which provide such services as ski lifts, artificial snow making, snow grooming, restaurants, and ski patrol.

Alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Mens slalom

The men's slalom competition of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi was held at Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort near Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on Saturday, 22 February.


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 the oldest 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.

Zams Place in Tyrol, Austria

Zams is a municipality in the district of Landeck in the Austrian state of Tyrol.

Tyrol (state) State of Austria

Tyrol is a federal state (Bundesland) in western Austria. It comprises the Austrian part of the historical Princely County of Tyrol. It is a constituent part of the present-day Euroregion Tyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino. The capital of Tyrol is Innsbruck.

Combined is an event in alpine ski racing. A traditional combined competition consists of one run of downhill and two runs of slalom, each discipline run on separate days. The winner is the skier with the fastest aggregate time. A modified version, the super combined, is a speed race and only one run of slalom, with both portions scheduled on the same day.

Matt announced his retirement from ski racing on March 12, 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

Slalom skiing alpine skiing discipline

Slalom is an alpine skiing and alpine snowboarding discipline, involving skiing between poles or gates. These are spaced more closely than those in giant slalom, super giant slalom and downhill, necessitating quicker and shorter turns. Internationally, the sport is contested at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, and at the Olympic Winter Games.

Giant slalom alpine skiing discipline

Giant slalom (GS) is an alpine skiing and alpine snowboarding discipline. It involves skiing between sets of poles (gates) spaced at a greater distance from each other than in slalom but less than in Super-G.

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


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

Ski cross timed skiing competitions on courses with both naturally occurring terrain and artificial features (e.g. big-air jump, high-banked turn), in which many skiers race at the same time; intentional contact with other competitors causes disqualification

Ski cross is a type of skiing competition. Despite its being a timed racing event, it is often considered part of freestyle skiing because it incorporates terrain features traditionally found in freestyle. Ski cross courses have both naturally occurring terrain and artificial features including big-air jumps and high-banked turns. What sets ski cross apart from other alpine skiing disciplines is that there's more than one skier racing down the course. Any intentional contact with other competitors leads to disqualification.

Andreas Matt freestyle skier

Andreas Matt is an Austrian retired freestyle skier who specialised in the skicross discipline. He is the brother of alpine skiers Mario Matt and Michael Matt.

Michael Matt Austrian alpine skier

Michael Matt is an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer. He specialises in the Slalom discipline and has competed in three World Championships.

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  8. "Die Schachzüge der Matt-Brüder" [The maneuvers of the Matt brothers]. (in German). 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
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The Fédération Internationale de Ski is the world's highest governing body for international winter sports. Founded in Chamonix on 2 February 1924, it is responsible for the Olympic disciplines of Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, freestyle skiing and snowboarding. The FIS is also responsible for setting the international competition rules. The organization now has a membership of 118 national ski associations and is based in Oberhofen am Thunersee, Switzerland.