Lara Gut

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Lara Gut
— Alpine skier —
Lara Gut Semmering 2008.jpg
Gut in December 2008
Disciplines Downhill, super-G, giant slalom, combined
Club Sporting Gottardo
Born (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 23)
Sorengo, Ticino, Switzerland
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
World Cup debut 28 December 2007
(age 16)
Website laragut.ch
Olympics
Teams 1 – (2014)
Medals 1 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams 3 – (2009, 2011, 2013)
Medals 3 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 6th – (200809, '1114)
Wins 10 – (3 DH, 6 SG, 1 GS)
Podiums 18 – (6 DH, 7 SG, 5 GS)
Overall titles 0 – (3rd in 2014)
Discipline titles 1 – (SG, 2014)

Lara Gut (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlaːra ˈɡuːt], (born 27 April 1991) is a Swiss World Cup alpine ski racer who competes in all five disciplines and specializes in the speed events of downhill and super-G.

In December 2006, at age 15, Gut participated in her first FIS races. At the Alpine Youth World Championship 2007 at Altenmarkt, Austria, she won silver in downhill. In the same year, she became Swiss national champion in super-G, the second youngest champion of all time. In the 2007 season, Gut finished 2nd in the downhill standings of the Europa Cup.

On 28 December 2007, Gut made her World Cup debut in a giant slalom at Lienz, Austria. In January 2008, at Caspoggio, she won four consecutive Europa Cup races. At her first World Cup downhill race on 2 February 2008, Gut made the podium at third place at St. Moritz, despite falling on the finishing pitch and sliding on her back through the finish line; she finished only 0.35 seconds behind the winner.[1] She followed her World Cup speed debut with a fifth place finish in the super-G the next day. Following the 2008 season, Gut was moved up to the World Cup team for the 2009 season.

Early in her first full season, Gut won her first World Cup race on 20 December 2008, a super-G in St. Moritz, finishing 0.63 seconds ahead of runner-up Fabienne Suter.[2] Gut became the youngest skier to win a World Cup super-G race, at 17.65 years (17 years, 237 days).[3]

At the 2009 World Championships at Val-d'Isère, France, Gut won silver medals in the downhill and the super combined, more than two months before her 18th birthday.

On 29 September 2009, Gut fell during training at Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and dislocated her hip. She was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Visp, where it was reset. The Swiss Ski Federation initially reported that Gut would be out of competition for at least a month.[4] In January 2010, it was announced that Gut would miss the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver because of slow recovery from the hip injury.[5] She sat out the entire 2010 season, but returned for the 2011 season and earned four podiums, which included a victory in the super-G at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in January.

Gut switched ski suppliers following the 2011 season, leaving Atomic for a three-year deal with Rossignol.[6] Though she had seven top ten finishes in three disciplines during the 2012 World Cup season, she did not reach a podium; her best results were three top-five finishes.

On 14 December 2012, Gut won her first World Cup downhill in Val-d'Isère, France.[7] She finished ahead of American Leanne Smith (0.16 sec) and fellow Swiss skier Nadja Kamer (0.5 sec).

On 12 February 2014, Gut won her first Olympic medal in the downhill race in Sochi. She got a bronze by finishing behind (0.10 sec) Tina Maze and fellow Swiss skier Dominique Gisin, who both won the gold. [8]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season Age  Overall   Slalom  Giant
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2008 16 54  –  – 26 30  —
2009 17 11 45 9 11 12 16
2010 18 injured in September: out for entire season
2011 19 10 28 4 7 30
2012 20 14 17 8 18 30
2013 21 9 6 10 5 4
2014 22 3 4 1 6 15

Race podiums[edit]

  • 10 wins – (3 DH, 6 SG, 1 GS)
  • 18 podiums – (6 DH, 7 SG, 5 GS)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
2008 2 Feb 2008 St. Moritz, Switzerland Downhill 3rd
2009 20 Dec 2008 St. Moritz, Switzerland Super-G 1st
28 Dec 2008 Semmering, Austria Giant slalom 3rd
2011 18 Dec 2010 Val-d'Isère, France Downhill 3rd
9 Jan 2011 Altenmarkt, Austria Super-G 1st
23 Jan 2011 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Super-G 3rd
16 Mar 2011 Lenzerheide, Switzerland Downhill 2nd
2013 14 Dec 2012 Val-d'Isère, France Downhill 1st
17 Mar 2013 Lenzerheide, Switzerland   Giant slalom 3rd
2014 26 Oct 2013 Sölden, Austria Giant slalom 1st
29 Nov 2013 Beaver Creek, USA Downhill 1st
30 Nov 2013 Super-G 1st
8 Dec 2013 Lake Louise, Canada Super-G 1st
22 Dec 2013 Val-d'Isère, France Giant slalom 2nd
26 Jan 2014 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Super-G 1st
6 Mar 2014 Åre, Sweden Giant slalom 3rd
12 Mar 2014 Lenzerheide, Switzerland Downhill 1st
13 Mar 2014 Super-G 1st

World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2009 17 DNF1 7 2 2
2011 19 20 4 4 DNF2
2013 21 7 2 16 DNF2

Olympic results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
 slalom 
Super-G Downhill Combined
2010 18 injured: did not compete
2014 22 9 4 3 DNF2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lara Gut in Sankt Moritz". Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "St Moritz: Swiss teen Gut notches first win". skiracing.com. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "World Cup Women's RacesAge Stats – > 1970". SKI-DB. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Skionline.ch
  5. ^ "Injury forces Switzerland's Lara Gut out of Vancouver Olympics". USAToday.com. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Ski Racing.com – Swiss star Lara Gut moves to Rossignol equipment – 6 April 2011.
  7. ^ http://www.fisalpine.com/race-results/val-isere,70950.html
  8. ^ http://www.fis-ski.com/alpine-skiing/events-and-places/event=33446/race=75253/index.html

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