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Calgary connection to alpine skiing gold medalist

Matthias Mayer
Matthias Mayer
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According to Scott Oake of CBC Sports, Austrian Olympian Matthias Mayer who won the gold medal in the men's downhill at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Sunday has a connection to Calgary.

That is because Matthias Mayer's father Helmut won a silver medal in the men's super giant slalom competition at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.

In the men's super giant slalom competition from February 21, 1988 at the Nakiska venue, Helmut Mayer posted a time of 1:40.96. He was a minute and a half back of French gold medalist Frank Piccard. Helmut Mayer's was one of six medals won by Austria in alpine skiing at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.

Meanwhile on Sunday, Matthias Mayer recorded Austria's first gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Starting 11th in the starting gate, Mayer posted a time of 2:06.23 which was six one hundredths of a second faster than silver medalist Christof Innerhofer of Italy.

Innerhofer actually got off to a fantastic start but struggled in the latter stages of the race and was unable to post a faster time than Mayer.