Lara Gut was born in Comano, Switzerland on April 27, 1991 and at a mere 17 years of age has managed to ski herself into contention on the professional Alpine ski circuit. The bubbly teenager is regarded as one of the major promises of women's skiing, and her determination and concentration display a desire to succeed which is difficult to find in her rivals of the same age.
That potential was to explode on the world scene the following season 2007/08. Her first two attempts at World Cup races did not end satisfactorily for the radiant star-in-the-making, failing to qualify for both giant slaloms. In mid-January, Lara took a huge step forward when she claimed her first victory in the European Cup in Caspoggio, in the downhill.
The Swiss skier returned home to St.Moritz for a European Cup meet and eventually made her breakthrough in the World Cup with a third place in the downhill in February, followed up the next day by fifth place in the super-G. Her downhill podium placing was made even more spectacular by the nature of her finish: she lost her balance coming off the final jump to cross the finish line spinning prostrate on the snow. A snow-covered Lara picked herself up delighted with her time even though she had lost crucial tenths of seconds with her acrobatic finish.
The 2008/09 season saw her concentrate on the World Cup tour to take on the best and she provided proof that she is on her way to becoming the star of the future. She claimed her first victory in her much loved St Moritz in December, she picked up another nine top 10 finishes (with another podium in Semmering's GS) and also stunned the skiing world by taking two silver medals at the World Championships in Val d'Isère in downhill and supercombined on what was a particularly difficult slope for the ladies, running the super favourite Lindsey Vonn very close in the speed event. All at the tender age of 17.
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. In January 2010, it was announced that Gut would miss the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver because of slow recovery from the hip injury. 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. 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. Up to the finals of the 2012/13 season in Lenzerheide, the Swiss prodige didn't score any other podium placement, but thanks to constant results, she still finished in the Top10 in 3 disciplines (5th in DH, 10th in SG, 6th in GS).
In 2014, the breakthrough was fullfilled. Lara Gut claimed seven World Cup wins in three disciplines, to finally win her first crystal globe in Super-G and finish 3rd of the Overall ranking. She also won her first Olympic medal in the downhill in 2014 at Sochi, where she took the bronze.
2014/15 was a little tougher for Lara Gut, but she still earned 2 World Cup wins and took 5th in the Super-G ranking and 6th in the downhill. She also grabed her 4th World Championship medal (3rd in downhill) in Vail/Beaver Creek. At the end of the season, after four years with Rossignol, Gut changed to Head equipment.
The consecration came in the 2015/16 season. For the first time, Lara Gut won the Overall World Cup! An impressive number of 32 World Cup starts (only 4 DNFs), 6 wins and 7 podiums in 4 disciplines, allowed her to achieve this feat.
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