Michael Matt and sport: a family affair

Michael Matt gets off the SKILLBIKE. The musculature pulses, the sweat drips from the slalom artist's forehead, the adrenaline is still circulating. Whether it's strength, endurance or coordination, if after training I feel better and stronger than before it means that it was a good session and that's where the foundations are laid to get victories and podiums.

For me, training means going beyond one's limits.

The 25-year-old skier is supported by Gerhard Außerlechner who works with the youngest children of the Matt dynasty on everything related to strength training, Markus Hangl specializing in the torso, a body part particularly important for skiers. For Michael Matt the last season was the most successful winter of his career. First three second places in Oslo, Zagreb and Adelboden. The retirements in Kitzbühel and Schladming didn't affect the slalom artist's self-confidence. And so Michael Matt drove to the Olympic Winter Games 2018 in Pyeongchang and back home with silver in the team competition and bronze in the slalom.

Michael Matt and his brothers Mario and Andreas

Michael's career is a continuation of a family tradition in which important sportsmen and women are the protagonists: his two brothers had already brought home the precious Olympic prizes. Andreas, a top freestyle skier and skicross champion, celebrated silver in Vancouver in 2010. Four years later, Mario and Michael were already standing on the Olympic podium in the slalom.
In a World Cup the brothers competed together, for Mario it was the farewell to the slopes, for Michael the first winter in the ranks of the greats. It was a real year of apprenticeship, - remembers the Technogym Ambassador who in seven races crossed the finish line only once. The more experienced can recognise similarities in technique and style, but above all the two world-famous athletes from Flirsch am Arlberg have in common their coldness. The Iceman was Mario's nickname because nothing could upset him: It's in our genes. Even his father was always deeply relaxed.

Success in ski races means: 70% head and 30% ski.

Future commitments immediately bring the Tyrolean athlete back to earth: Zagreb, Adelboden, Wengen, Kitzbühel, Schladming one after the other. With third place in the Madonna di Campiglio slalom, Michael Matt achieved his first success of the season just before Christmas. At the World Championships in Aare, Sweden, he wants to be back on the podium, the goal is the medal, but not just any: I want the gold one, it would be beautiful. Just like his brother Mario 12 years ago.

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