SOCHI, Russia — The last night of Alpine racing at the Sochi Olympics could have been billed "Austria's revenge."
Four years ago, the U.S. defeated Austria, 8-4, in the Alpine medal count.
It was like "man bites Dachshund" in racing circles and didn't go over well in Innsbruck.
If that wasn't bad enough, the Austrian women did all the heavy lifting.
On their way out of Vancouver, the Austrian men easily passed through the airport medal detector because they didn't win any.
Sochi had to be different — and it was.
Saturday night, under the lights at Rosa Khutor in the final Olympic Alpine event, the Austria men went 1-2 in the slalom.
A night after America's Mikaela Shiffrin, at 18, became the youngest skier to win the slalom, Austria's Mario Matt became the oldest skier to win an Olympic Alpine event.
Matt turns 35 in April and won his first Olympic medal with a two-run time of 1 minute 41.84 seconds.
He had never finished better than 34th in an Olympic race.
"A massive goal has come through for me today," Matt said.
Matt had the fastest time in the first run and held off teammate Marcel Hirscher in the second for the gold. Hirscher is the No.1-ranked slalom racer in the world and charged all the way from ninth to second to win the silver.
Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen, only 19, came from 15th in the first run to win the bronze. He became the youngest man to earn an Olympic Alpine medal.
The two slalom medals upped Austria's final Alpine count to nine; the U.S. finished with five.
The Americans weren't supposed to be a factor in the event, although Ted Ligety at least made it interesting.
Three days after winning gold in giant slalom, Ligety finished sixth after the first run. That put him 0.86 behind Matt and only 0.11 out of third place.
But Ligety became one of the many to ski off course in the second run and afterward complained about the tricky course setting by Croatia's Ante Kostelic.
The father of skiing stars Janica and Ivica has a reputation for difficult course settings, but Ligety said Saturday's second-run set exceeded reasonable limits.
"Typical Ante course set, which is borderline unsportsmanlike, to set those courses on these kind of hills," Ligety said.