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Mario Matt claims Val d'Isere slalom

Updated: December 15, 2013, 11:01 AM ET
Associated Press

VAL D'ISERE, France -- On a day dominated by veterans, 34-year-old Mario Matt won his 14th World Cup slalom race to equal fellow Austrian Benjamin Raich's mark, while 35-year-old Patrick Thaler of Italy got on the podium for first time in nearly five years.

Matt, a two-time slalom world champion, safely protected his first-run lead while other contenders struggled on the notoriously tough Stade Olympique de Bellevarde course.

"The last two years I was a few times on the podium, but ...

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