Gut rebounds from knee injury for podium win

Swiss skier Lara Gut achieved a podium finish in the giant slalom race at Åre, Sweden on Thursday, four days after a disappointing elimination from the downhill at Crans-Montana in her home country when she slightly injured her right knee.

Gut rebounds from knee injury for podium win
Gut (right) shares podium with Austria's Brem. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Gut tied for third with Eva-Marie Brem of Austria in the GS competition, who trailed 0.39 seconds behind Austrian Anna Fenninger in first place and runner-up Anemone Marmottan of France.

The 22-year-old Ticino native was taken to hospital for an MRI scan of her knee after she missed a turn in the Crans-Montana downhill.

The injury turned out not be serious.

“Boom . . . back on the podium,” Gut wrote on her Facebook page after the Swedish result.

Following five World Cup first place finishes, including three super-G wins and giant slalom and downhill victories, Gut was among the favourites on the Swiss team to win gold in the Sochi Olympics.

She fell short, but collected a bronze medal in the downhill and narrowly missed out on a medal in the super-G, where she came fourth.

And this season has been the best in Gut’s career with seven podium finishes, making a career total of 16.

With two races in Are and final competitions next week in the Swiss resort of Lenzerheide in the canton of Graubünden, she stands in fifth place overall, in first place for giant slalom and in fifth place for giant slalom.

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