Switzerland's Lara Gut could return to racing in St. Moritz, is hopeful for the Olympics

13 January 2010 07:51

It would be fitting if 18-year-old Swiss racer Lara Gut returns to Audi FIS Alpine World Cup racing in St. Moritz at the end of this month. Last year, Gut became one of the youngest skiers ever to win a World Cup race when she sped to victory at the famed Swiss resort, doing so by 0.63 seconds over teammate Fabienne Suter.

Having undergone further surgery on a dislocated right hip in mid-October, the Swiss teenager has been a missing face on this season's women's tour. Gut, aggravated the injury while training giant slalom on a glacier at Saas-Fe in late September.

"I haven't enjoyed the past few months so much. I'll be happy when I'm skiing again," said Gut while attending the men's races in Adelboden this past weekend. "I have to say that life without skiing is really boring, but that's life."

Gut could be nearing her return to competitive racing, exactly when is a question which remains to be answered.

"I've been training since last week. Before that I was just studying and going to rehab," said the Swiss racer. "It was a big injury and it needs time so it won't happen again. I don't know if I will ski in St. Moritz, maybe it will be o.k. and I will try to ski GS there and also at the Olympics because we have places."

"Next week the doctors will tell me when I can ski again," she said. "For me it's better to wait a week more than a week less."

At last season's FIS World Championships in Val d'Isère, Gut's impressive performance proved that she will be a force to reckon with in the years to come. Then 17, Gut finished second to Lindsey Vonn in the downhill, 0.53 seconds behind. The Swiss phenomenon claimed a second silver medal in the super combined.

In an ideal world, it would be most exciting and highly beneficial for the sport to see the likes of a young Gut challenge Vonn in the future. This season, the American two-time World Cup champion has been dominant, winning five of the seven speed races she has started. She was on the podium in the other two races.

"I think when a girl wins everything, for her its not going to be boring, but for the people if they know someone is always going to win it's not so interesting," said Gut. "I think last year when Maria (Riesch) and Anja (Paerson) challenged Lindsey and with Nadia (Styger) coming back it was good for girls ski racing. When a girl wins all the time, we hope she makes a mistake and its not the way I like the sport."

Gut, who will turn 19 on April 27th is also a two-time World Junior Championships silver medalist.



By Brian Pinelli

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