In only his third World Cup race, unheralded Mario Matt completed an Austrian sweep of the weekend's races in Kitzbuehel, Austria, with a surprise win in yesterday's slalom.
The newest talent on the star-studded Austrian team put together two daring runs down the icy Ganslern course for an aggregate time of 1 minute 42.79 seconds. He finished nearly a second ahead of Matjaz Vrhovnik of Slovenia.
Starting 47th in the opening leg, Matt, 20, produced the second-fastest run, and a sizzling second effort vaulted him into first.
Austria's Hermann Maier had kick-started the celebrations with a win in Friday's Super-G. Fritz Strobl continued the Austrian roll with a victory in the downhill on the Streif Saturday.
WOMEN'S ALPINE SKIING: Unperturbed by raging wind gusts, Sweden's Anna Ottosson charged down a steep and twisting giant slalom in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, for her first World Cup victory.
Ottosson skied two impeccable runs--winning both--clocking a combined time of 2:45.76.
SPEEDSKATING: Italy's Fabio Carta won the 3,000-meter title at the European short track championships, one day after winning the 500. In Bormio, Italy, Carta was timed in 4:50.37, beating Britain's Nicky Gooch to win the overall European championship.
NORDIC COMBINED: Czech Ladislav Rygl finished the 15-kilometer cross-country race in 41:34.1 to win a World Cup event in Liberec, Czech Republic.
Rygl, who was sixth after the ski jumping event Saturday, finished .9 seconds ahead of overall World Cup leader Samppa Lajunen of Finland.
BIATHLON: Russia's four-man biathlon relay team won a race and moved closer to World Cup leader Norway, which finished third.
Viktor Maigourov took the lead for the Russians in the 30-kilometer race with perfect shooting in the first leg in Anterselva, Italy.
AERIALS: In South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Kyle Nissen of Canada overcame a steady rain to win the first World Cup event of his career, and teammate Veronica Brenner won her first World Cup event in three years. Nissen had 236.33 points. Three-time World Cup champion Nicolas Fontaine, also from Canada, had 230.42.