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Alpine skiing: Matt equals Austrian record for slalom wins

Alpine skiing: Matt equals Austrian record for slalom wins
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Mario Matt clinched his 14th career slalom victory when he tamed the icy Face de Bellevarde piste to win in Val D’Isere France.

The challenging conditions claimed 29 out of the 68 racers competing but Matt had little trouble as he matched teammate Benjamin Raich’s record number of World Cup slalom victories by any Austrian slalom skier.

After setting the best time in the first run Matt, who is leader of the discipline standings, kept his cool to win in a combined time of one minute and 44.59 seconds.

Matthias Hargin, second in the slalom classification, was eighth after the first leg, but the Swede put down a faultless second run to jump up the leaderboard and claim second place.

It was his third career podium finish, two years after top three finishes in Zagreb and Schladming.

At 36 years old, Patrick Thaler of Italy proved he’s still got what it takes to mix it with the younger guns when he claimed third.

Thaler who has been a part of the World Cup racing elite for over 15 years was 0.38 seconds off the winner’s pace for only his second career podium.

The next stop on the men’s circuit is Val Gardena, Italy which features a downhill and super G next weekend.