Matt in January 2007
|Disciplines||Slalom, Giant slalom, Combined|
|Club||SC Arlberg – Tirol|
|Born||9 April 1979|
Zams, Tyrol, Austria
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|World Cup debut||21 December 1999 |
|Retired||12 March 2015|
|Teams||2 – (2006, 2014)|
|Medals||1 (1 gold)|
|Teams||8 – (2001–15)|
|Medals||5 (3 gold)|
|Seasons||16 – (2000–15)|
|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.
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, 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.
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,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. 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) and the oldest to win a (regular) World Cup slalom race. 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 is a municipality in the district of Landeck in the Austrian state of Tyrol.
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.
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 (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||Slalom|
|9 Mar 2000||Slalom|
|2001||19 Dec 2000||Slalom|
|2002||26 Nov 2001||Slalom|
|2005||13 Mar 2005||Slalom|
|2007||14 Jan 2007||Super combined|
|25 Feb 2007||Slalom|
|4 Mar 2007||Slalom|
|2008||6 Jan 2008||Slalom|
|22 Jan 2008||Slalom|
|17 Feb 2008||Slalom|
|2009||14 Mar 2009||Slalom|
|2011||27 Feb 2011||Slalom|
|6 Mar 2011||Slalom|
|2014||15 Dec 2013||Slalom|
|Year||Age||Slalom|| Giant |
|Year||Age||Slalom|| Giant |
|2002||22||injured: did not compete|
Matt is the brother of skicross competitor Andreas Matt and fellow alpine skier Michael Matt.
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