The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

In tears despite downhill bronze, Lara Gut apologizes for her emotions at Olympics

  • Print

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Lara Gut was reduced to tears, again.

The talented Swiss skier finally made it onto the Olympic stage this year in Sochi, but her first two races have been unhappy experiences.

On Wednesday, Gut cried in disappointment when her high-speed downhill run earned only a bronze medal, 0.10 seconds too slow to force a three-way tie for gold.

"I'm really sorry for my tears and that I didn't look so happy at the finish," Gut wrote on her Facebook account an hour after sharing a news conference with co-winners Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze.

"It's the first time that I saw that gold medal so close and I'm sorry for my mistake," the 22-year-old Gut said. "But to be on the Downhill podium at the Olympics with such great athletes as Tina and Dominique make me proud!"

Emotions, as usual, are very near the surface for Gut.

On Monday, Gut began the slalom leg of super-combined in the silver-medal slot after downhill, but was soon crying after skiing out and failing to finish.

Two days later, Gut again did not hide her feelings after crossing the finish line to see she was trailing Gisin.

She bowed her head, placed both hands on her helmet and then spread her arms wide in exasperation. She seemed unable to understand how her obvious speed — clocking the fastest speed-check all day at more than 64 mph (104 kph) — did not translate into the fastest time.

"It's cool to win a bronze, but when you know you can do more, at the beginning I think it's normal to be a bit disappointed," Gut said in the finish area.

For the Swiss skier, it was a long wait to even start an Olympic downhill.

She was predicted to be Lindsey Vonn's toughest challenger at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics after pushing the American at the world championships when she was only 17. But Gut missed the entire Olympic season after dislocating her right hip in off-season training.

She did not watch Vonn's gold medal run on television, saying that it clashed with her first day back on skis.

"Four years (ago) I wasn't able to start in the Olympics so I have no reason to be unhappy with my bronze," said Gut, who has a World Cup downhill victory this season.

The Olympic super-G is on Saturday. Although it's not the steep and icy slope she prefers, Gut was already a likely favourite based on her three World Cup wins in the discipline.

"My bronze today is going to help me," Gut said. "When you're an athlete and you know you can win more medals, one is never enough. Even if it's gold."

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Paul Maurice addresses media at end of 13/14 season

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Challenges of Life- Goose Goslings jump over railway tracks to catch up to their parents at the Canadian Pacific Railway terminalon Keewatin St in Winnipeg Thursday morning. The young goslings seem to normally hatch in the truck yard a few weeks before others in town- Standup photo- ( Day 4 of Bryksa’s 30 day goose project) - Apr 30, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(Standup photo)- Humming Around- A female ruby -throated hummingbird fly's through the bee bomb  flowers Friday at the Assiniboine Park English Garden- Nectar from flowers are their main source of food. Hummingbirds wings can beat as fast as 75x times second. Better get a glimpse of them soon the birds fly far south for the winter - from Mexico to South America- JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Sept 10, 2009

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What Western Conference teams will emerge from the first round of the NHL playoffs?

View Results

Ads by Google