Who is Lara Gut?
Born on April 27, 1991 in Sorengo, Switzerland. She received a pair of skis on her first birthday, and at 14, she began racing professionally in Switzerland. She made her World Cup debut at 16.
Gut has won five medals at Worlds and the downhill bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics.
After making it onto the professional circuit at the age of 16, Gut broke out in 2007-08. After failing to qualify for two World Cup giant slalom races, she earned her first victory in the downhill of the European Cup in Caspoggio.
Her family is a major part of her career. Her father, Pauli a former skier himself, taught her how to ski and is still her coach. Meanwhile, her mother Gabriella, is in charge of the business side of the family, organizing the trips and dealing with sponsors. Her brother Ian is also pursuing a career in the sport and is a member of the Swiss junior team.
"I feel free when I ski and it's important to feel happy at the end of the day,” Gut said to CNN. “I'm just trying to get better every day and this season everything just seems to feel better."
2014: Downhill bronze medal
Off the mountain
Gut is involved in Greenhope, a charity that enlists the world of sport in the fight against children’s cancer. In 2016, the charity held “Lara Gut Day,” with a party in her honor and all of the proceeds donated to the organization.
In addition to her native German, she also speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian.