Gut hospitalized after crashing out of World Cup in training

Wendy Holdener made up for the absence of Lara Gut by leading Switzerland to a one-two in the women's world alpine combined in St Moritz on Friday after Gut fell in warm-up.

Gut hospitalized after crashing out of World Cup in training
Lara Gut in a previous race. Photo: Joe Klamar
Holdener was down in seventh after the opening downhill with a deficit of 0.94sec, but showed all her slalom prowess to time a combined 1min 58.88sec.
Her Swiss teammate Michelle Gisin claimed silver at a razor thin deficit of 0.05sec, with Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser taking bronze (+0.38).
Holdener's vaunted teammate Gut was earlier ruled out of the competition after crashing during the warm-up for the slalom and injuring her knee.
Gut had finished third in the downhill, but was evacuated from the Corviglia slope by helicopter after her fall.
“Lara fell while warming up for the slalom,” a Swiss team spokesman told AFP. “She was taken to hospital in St. Moritz for tests.”
Swiss women's coach Hans Flatscher told Swiss television: “It's very bad. Her knee is not at all good.”
In Gut's absence, there was drama to the end for home fans as Holdener and Gisin awaited with baited breath the descents of Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec and Italian Sofia Goggia, leader after the downhill, having hit a top speed of 121kph down a course shortened because of heavy early morning snowfall.
With Swiss flags waving, Stuhec, winner of this season's sole combined event in Val d'Isere in December, lasted but three gates before sliding out.
Then came the turn of Goggia, the Italian suffering the same fate after six gates to allow the large partisan home support a large amount of succour after the loss of Gut.
There was heartbreak for Vonn, a three-time World Cup combined crystal globe winner, unable to make up the leaders' deficit despite a gutsy slalom run.
Vonn eventually finished fifth, 0.85sec off Holdener's pace, and will be left decrying what was in her books a mediocre sixth best downhill, albeit with her right hand taped to her pole to better help with gripping problems linked to the broken humerus she sustained in November.

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Swiss skier Gut: ‘I’m not in a hurry, I want to come back strong’

Swiss alpine skiing star Lara Gut says she found balance and made peace with herself during the latest lengthy lay off in her injury-blighted career.

Swiss skier Gut: 'I'm not in a hurry, I want to come back strong'
Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP
The 26-year-old was the poster girl for the 2017 world championships, but she badly damaged knee ligaments in Saint-Moritz in February as her only reward was a bronze in the super-G.
“I learned the importance of being at peace with oneself during those six months,” she told a press conference on Tuesday after starting training in early September.
“It's always been my greatest challenge finding a balance between what I have to do and what is good for me,” said Gut, who missed the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver after a dislocated hip.
If fit, all rounder Gut would be a favourite to finally clinch a gold medal at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games in February.
“This winter I'll take more breaks and find more space for myself,” promised Gut, who admitted that she was unhappy before her latest injury.
“I did everything I could as an athlete, but not enough for me as a person.”
Gut though will skip the season-opening giant slalom on October 28th at Soelden, an event she won last year, delaying her return until late November when the World Cup heads to North America.
“Soelden is special. Normally I ski already in July. I'm not in a hurry, I want to come back strong,” said Gut, who will look to wrest back her title from Amercian sensation Mikaela Shiffrin.