Andreas Matt ready to defend his title in Deer Valley

02 February 2011 10:23

On Friday February 4th, all eyes will be tuned in on the excitement of the ski cross finals in Deer Valley. Silver medalist from Vancouver and title defender from FIS Freestyle World Championships in 2009, Andreas Matt, is ready to defend his title. Confident after his victory in Grasgehren last Saturday, Matt is very happy about the ski cross course in Deer Valley and looks forward for the competition. 

"Everything a course should have is inside here. Since everything is inside, what a course should have. It has to do from top to bottom of something and have to work all the time. This is exactly the way I like it like it. In the middle you have to take the curves very clean to get enough speed take for the two subsequent passages of flat, "said the World Cup leader, is preparing the final jump, not even the mighty headache. Matt: "The jump is indeed very far, but the landing area is steep, so it should not be a problem."

After a win, three second and a fourth place in the previous six World Cup races this season, Matt is one at the World Cup to your favorites. "My goal is to win a medal, but this will be a tough fight," says the Flirsch, the next X-Games champion John Teller (USA) and Christopher Delbosco (CAN) and its Tyrolean countryman Thomas Zangerl the most dangerous Challengers count.

Zangerl, who had to fight in the previous week with a stomach flu, is indeed healthy again, but because of the disease lost a bit of substance. "I still feel a little disappointed that I lay a week in bed," the silver medallist from 2009 Championships said. "The course offers many opportunities for overtaking. You have to be smart and strike at the very right moment" Zangerl said. By finishing third in the last two World Cups this season, the Austrian is ready to show that he will fight for medals agin.