Lara Gut

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Lara Gut
— Alpine skier —
2017 Audi FIS Ski Weltcup Garmisch-Partenkirchen Damen - Lara Gut - by 2eight - 8SC0746.jpg
Gut in January 2017
Disciplines Downhill, Super-G,
Giant slalom, Combined
Club Sporting Gottardo
Born (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 25)
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 5 – (20092017)
Medals 5 (0 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 9 – (20082009, 20112017)
Wins 22
Podiums 41
Overall titles 1 – (2016)
Discipline titles 2 – (2 SG, 2014 & 2016)

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

Career[edit]

Born in Sorengo, Canton Ticino, Gut's father, Pauli Gut, is Swiss, and her mother, Gabriella Almici, a masseuse, was born in Zone, Lombardy.[1] Gut participated in her first FIS races at age 15 in December 2006. 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 second in the downhill standings of the Europa Cup.

In late 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.[2] 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.[3] Gut became the youngest skier to win a World Cup super-G race, at 17.65 years (17 years, 237 days).[4]

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.[5] In January 2010, it was announced that Gut would miss the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver because of slow recovery from the hip injury.[6] 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.[7] 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.

In December 2012, Gut won her first World Cup downhill in Val-d'Isère, France.[8] She finished ahead of American Leanne Smith (0.16 sec) and fellow Swiss skier Nadja Kamer (0.5 sec).

Gut won her first Olympic medal in the downhill in 2014 at Sochi. She took the bronze, finishing 0.10 seconds behind Tina Maze and fellow Swiss skier Dominique Gisin, who both won the gold.[9] In World Cup, she won the Super-G season title and finished third overall in 2014.

After four years with Rossignol, Gut changed to Head equipment in May 2015.[10]

At the World Championships in 2017 on home country snow in St. Moritz, Gut won bronze in the super-G. In the next event, the combined, she injured her left knee (ACL, meniscus) between runs, which ended her season.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Gut is fluent in Italian, German, French, English, and Spanish.[citation needed]

She is a fan of HC Ambrì-Piotta. [12]

World Cup results[edit]

Season titles[edit]

  • 3 titles – (1 overall, 2 super-G)
Season Discipline
2014 Super G
2016 Overall
Super G

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
2015 23 9 24 5 6
2016 24 1 43 3 1 4 2
2017 25 4 57 5 3 3

Race victories[edit]

  • 23 wins – (7 DH, 11 SG, 4 GS, 1 SC)
  • 42 podiums – (13 DH, 15 SG, 12 GS, 2 SC)
Season Date Location Discipline
2009 20 Dec 2008  Switzerland  St. Moritz, Switzerland Super-G
2011 9 Jan 2011 Austria Altenmarkt, Austria Super-G
2013 14 Dec 2012 France Val-d'Isère, France Downhill
2014 26 Oct 2013 Austria Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
29 Nov 2013 United States Beaver Creek, USA Downhill
30 Nov 2013 Super-G
8 Dec 2013 Canada Lake Louise, Canada Super-G
26 Jan 2014 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Super-G
12 Mar 2014  Switzerland  Lenzerheide, Switzerland Downhill
13 Mar 2014 Super-G
2015 7 Dec 2014 Canada Lake Louise, Canada Super-G
24 Jan 2015  Switzerland  St. Moritz, Switzerland Downhill
2016 27 Nov 2015 United States Aspen, USA Giant slalom
18 Dec 2015 France Val-d'Isère, France Super combined
19 Dec 2015 Downhill
28 Dec 2015 Austria Lienz, Austria Giant slalom
7 Feb 2016 Germany Garmisch, Germany Super G
19 Feb 2016 Italy La Thuile, Italy Downhill
2017 22 Oct 2016 Austria Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
4 Dec 2016 Canada Lake Louise, Canada Super-G
18 Dec 2016 France Val d'Isère, France Super-G
22 Jan 2017 Germany Garmisch, Germany Super-G
28 Jan 2017 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Downhill

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
2015 23 DNF1 7 3 5
2017 25 3 DNS2

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. ^ Sokolovskaya, Yanina (6 February 2013). "Lara Gut, stella d'argento che fa risplendere Zone" (in Italian). Bresciaoggi. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Lara Gut in Sankt Moritz". Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "St Moritz: Swiss teen Gut notches first win". skiracing.com. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "World Cup Women's RacesAge Stats – > 1970". SKI-DB. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  5. ^ Skionline.ch
  6. ^ "Injury forces Switzerland's Lara Gut out of Vancouver Olympics". USAToday.com. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Ski Racing.com – Swiss star Lara Gut moves to Rossignol equipment – 6 April 2011.
  8. ^ http://www.fisalpine.com/race-results/val-isere,70950.html
  9. ^ http://www.fis-ski.com/alpine-skiing/events-and-places/event=33446/race=75253/index.html
  10. ^ "Lara Gut signs with Head". SkiRacing.com. May 8, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ Bonesteel, Matt (February 10, 2017). "Defending World Cup ski champion Lara Gut tears ACL, but she should be back for Olympics". Washington Post. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Lara Gut im Schuss: "Im Moment bin ich sehr happy". blick.ch. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 

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