Andreas MATT

Andy Matt followed up his historic silver medal performance at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games with an impressive crystal globe-winning 2010/11 Audi ski cross World Cup performance. Add to this his world championship gold medal from Inawashiro 2009, and in Andy Matt you have a ski cross racer has more or less won it all.

Following 2010/11, though, there were signs the big Austrian might be in decline, as he went from fifth overall in 2011/12 to thirteenth overall the following season while seeming to struggle as the pace, technical ability, and youth of the rest of the World Cup field increased around him.

However, in 2013/14, Andy put all that behind himself, winning the second event of the season in Val Thorens (FRA), taking a second place in Are (SWE), racking up eight top-10 finishes, and just generally showing that there was still some gas in the old tank some power left in that big frame yet.

In fact, Andy might have take the second crystal globe of his career in 2013/14 had not a fall in his quarter final heat of the last event of the season left him just 12 points back of winner Victor Oehling Norberg (SWE).

The elder statesman of an Austrian team that seems to be coming into peak form just ahead of the Kreischberg 2015 Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships, look for Andy Matt to pressing for the podium once again, more than 10 years after his first-ever World Cup start.