The 39-year-old slalom specialist was once probably the most perfect skiers of his era prior to his retirement in 2015, however he has changed the fun of festival with the excitement of proudly owning one among Austria’s maximum notorious apres-ski bars.
Matt spent 16 seasons on snowboarding’s Global Cup circuit, profitable 15 instances, clinching slalom global titles in 2001 and 2007 and incomes Olympic slalom gold in Sochi in 2014.
With one eye at the long term, he additionally took up the risk to shop for the preferred Krazy Kanguruh slopeside bar in his house the city of St. Anton in 2009. He combines that with working a strong the place he breeds prize-winning Arabian horses.
“I may by no means take a seat in an place of business and paintings from eight a.m. till 6 p.m. so for me it was once all the time vital all over my profession that I constructed one thing up beside the ski racing and this was once an excellent probability with the Krazy Kanguruh and with the horses too, I revel in it so much,” Matt advised CNN’s Alpine Edge.
“It is a large number of amusing, I truly adore it, it is a great activity.”
Celebrated Arlberg hotel St. Anton is well known for its energetic social scene after snowboarding, and Matt says serving to holidaymakers revel in their holiday is a part of the appeal.
“With apres ski you’ve got 99% glad folks and after an excellent day snowboarding folks like to sit down at the terrace and benefit from the song and the ambience. It is great,” says Matt, whose more youthful brother Michael nonetheless competes at the circuit, whilst every other brother Andreas received Olympic silver in ski go at Vancouver in 2010.
“I have traveled all over the place the arena however apres ski is nowhere the similar than we now have in St. Anton.”
Matt’s profession coincided with that of countryman Marcel Hirscher, arguably the best ski racer of all time.
The 29-year-old Hirscher has received 67 Global Cup victories and is on course to clinch an extraordinary 8th immediately Global Cup total crown.
Hirscher after all received his first Olympic gold medal at PyeongChang in 2018, however he needed to accept 2nd at the back of Matt 4 years previous.
“In any case Sochi was once the final probability and I feel it is much more particular with this prime age,” says Matt. “I used to be 34 and it is extra particular than shall we embrace when you are 10 years more youthful.
“It was once an unbelievable feeling. I used to be simply beaten.”
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