Olympic slalom champion Mario Matt retires

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian skier Mario Matt is retiring from the sport, a year after becoming the oldest Olympic gold medalist in Alpine skiing.

Matt, a two-time world slalom champion who turns 36 next month, says “I’ve found out this season that ski racing isn’t the most important thing in my life anymore.”

The Austrian has an ankle injury and won’t start in the two remaining slaloms this season — in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on Sunday and Meribel, France, next week.

Matt won 15 World Cup races and took the world titles in 2001 — in his native St. Anton — and in 2007, and added a bronze medal two years ago. He failed to finish the opening run at last month’s world championships in Colorado.