Lara Gut-Behrami
Alpine skier
Gut in January 2017
DisciplinesDownhill, Super-G,
Giant slalom, Combined
ClubSporting Gottardo
Born (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 30)
Sorengo, Switzerland
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
World Cup debut28 December 2007 (age 16)
Websitelaragut.ch
Olympics
Teams2 – (2014, 2018)
Medals1 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams7 – (20092021)
Medals7 (2 gold)
World Cup
Seasons13 – (20082009, 20112021)
Wins32 – (16 SG, 11 DH, 4 GS,
         1 AC)
Podiums60 – (26 SG, 18 DH, 13 GS,
         2 AC, 1 PG)
Overall titles1 – (2016)
Discipline titles3 – (3 SG, 2014, 2016 & 2021)
Medal record
Women's alpine skiing
Representing   Switzerland
International alpine ski competitions
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 0 0 1
World Championships 2 3 3
Total 2 3 4
World Cup race podiums
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Giant slalom 4 3 6
Super-G 16 7 3
Downhill 11 4 3
Combined 1 0 1
Parallel 0 0 1
Total 32 14 14
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Sochi Downhill
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2021 Cortina d'Ampezzo Super-G
Gold medal – first place 2021 Cortina d'Ampezzo Giant slalom
Silver medal – second place 2009 Val-d'Isère Downhill
Silver medal – second place 2009 Val-d'Isère Combined
Silver medal – second place 2013 Schladming Super-G
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Beaver Creek Downhill
Bronze medal – third place 2017 St. Moritz Super-G
Bronze medal – third place 2021 Cortina d'Ampezzo Downhill
Junior World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2007 Altenmarkt Downhill
Silver medal – second place 2008 Formigal Downhill

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

Career

Born in Sorengo, Canton Ticino, Gut's father, Pauli Gut, is Swiss from Airolo, 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. 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.

In 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).

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

In February 2020, Gut won her first race in over two years, the World Cup downhill in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.[11]

In the 2020-2021 season she had one of the most successful showings of her career thus far, winning four consecutive Super-G races on the World Cup while also entering a close battle for the overall lead with Petra Vlhová. She continued her successful season at the World Championships in Cortina D’Ampezzo. In the Super-G she delivered on the promise displayed on the World Cup, winning her first world title there in addition to bronze in the downhill. With only a single giant slalom podium on the World Cup that season, she became somewhat of a surprise winner in the Giant Slalom, with reigning Olympic Champion Mikaela Shiffrin having two strong runs and many of the top performers from the World Cup displaying poor performances; however Gut-Behrami still prevailed to win the Giant Slalom by .02 in what was the closest Giant Slalom in world championship history. She became the second Swiss woman to win two golds in a single championship and the first in 34 years following Erika Hess’ strong showing in 1987.

Personal life

Gut is fluent in Italian, German, French, and English, and she also knows Spanish.[12][13][14]

She married the Swiss football player Valon Behrami in July 2018,[15] and from the 2019 season has competed using the double-barrelled name Gut-Behrami.[16]

World Cup results

Season titles

Season
Discipline
2014 Super-G
2016 Overall
Super-G
2021 Super-G

Season standings

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
2018 26 12 23 2 10 24
2019 27 21 26 7 18
2020 28 7 14 4 4
2021 29 2 7 1 3
Standings through 16 March 2021

Race victories

Total Slalom Giant Slalom Downhill Super-G Combined Parallel
Wins 32 0 4 11 16 1 0
Podiums 60 0 13 18 26 2 1
Season
Date Location Discipline
2009 20 December 2008  Switzerland  St. Moritz, Switzerland Super-G
2011 9 January 2011 Austria Altenmarkt, Austria Super-G
2013 14 December 2012 France Val-d'Isère, France Downhill
2014 26 October 2013 Austria Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
29 November 2013 United States Beaver Creek, USA Downhill
30 November 2013 Super-G
8 December 2013 Canada Lake Louise, Canada Super-G
26 January 2014 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Super-G
12 March 2014  Switzerland  Lenzerheide, Switzerland Downhill
13 March 2014 Super-G
2015 7 December 2014 Canada Lake Louise, Canada Super-G
24 January 2015  Switzerland  St. Moritz, Switzerland Downhill
2016 27 November 2015 United States Aspen, USA Giant slalom
18 December 2015 France Val-d'Isère, France Combined
19 December 2015 Downhill
28 December 2015 Austria Lienz, Austria Giant slalom
7 February 2016 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Super-G
19 February 2016 Italy La Thuile, Italy Downhill
2017 22 October 2016 Austria Sölden, Austria Giant slalom
4 December 2016 Canada Lake Louise, Canada Super-G
18 December 2016 France Val d'Isère, France Super-G
22 January 2017 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Super-G
28 January 2017 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Downhill
2018 21 January 2018 Super-G
2020 21 February 2020  Switzerland  Crans-Montana, Switzerland Downhill
22 February 2020 Downhill
2021 10 January 2021 Austria St. Anton, Austria Super-G
24 January 2021  Switzerland  Crans-Montana, Switzerland Super-G
30 January 2021 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Super-G
1 February 2021 Super-G
26 February 2021 Italy Val di Fassa, Italy Downhill
27 February 2021 Downhill

World Championship results

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
2019 27 21 9 8 DNS2
2021 29 1 1 3
  • Injured between runs of Combined event in 2017

Olympic results

Year
Age Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
2010 18 injured: did not compete
2014 22 9 4 3 DNF2
2018 26 DNF1 4 DNF

References

  1. ^ Sokolovskaya, Yanina (6 February 2013). "Lara Gut, stella d'argento che fa risplendere Zone" (in Italian). Bresciaoggi. Archived from the original on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  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". USA Today. 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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Lara Gut signs with Head". SkiRacing.com. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  10. ^ Bonesteel, Matt (10 February 2017). "Defending World Cup ski champion Lara Gut tears ACL, but she should be back for Olympics". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Gut-Behrami kehrt auf Siegerstraße zurück (in German)". orf.at. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  12. ^ #Q1 – How did you learn languages? – Exclusive interview with Lara Gut. (in German)
  13. ^ Lara Gut, l'ultima festa stagionale (in Italian)
  14. ^ Lara Gut: "vivre et laisser vivre" (in French)
  15. ^ "Lara Gut und Valon Behrami haben geheiratet". tele1.ch (in German).
  16. ^ GUT-BEHRAMI Lara