Matt Wins Men’s World Cup Slalom
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) _ Austrian prodigy Mario Matt won a men’s World Cup slalom Thursday night, winning for the second time in only seven races on the circuit.
Putting together two flawless runs, Matt covered the soggy Planai course in a two-run aggregate time of 1 minute, 44.72 seconds.
Norwegian veteran Ole Christian Furuseth finished second in 1:45.53, ahead of Austria’s Thomas Stangassinger, third in 1:45.62.
Braving driving rain and poor snow conditions in both heats, Matt capitalized on his technical yet aggressive style to lead at all intermediate times and win by a whopping .81 seconds.
``It was a superb race, I’m especially proud of how I skied in the upper part of the second run,″ the 20-year old rookie said.
Matt already has four podium finishes, including a slalom victory at Kitzbuehl, in his first World Cup season.
``It’s hard to say which race was better, whether Schladming or Kitzbuehl,″ Matt said. ``They were both equally great.″
Norway’s Andre Kjetil Aamodt finished fourth in 1:45.80, ahead of his compatriot, Hans-Peter Buraas, fifth in 1:45.95. Austria’s Kilian Albrecht came was sixth in 1:46.17.