Lara Gut: “We should have more courses like Raptor.”

The 2013/14 season was the best season so far for Lara Gut. The Swiss talent opened the season with three back-to-back wins, including two at the ladies’ World Champs test event in Beaver Creek. She went on to win Olympic bronze in the downhill as well as finishing 3rd overall in the World Cup season rankings. Albeit less consistent than last year, she also won the season opening super-G in Lake Louise, Canada, ten days ago.

Lara took some time to tell us what she thinks of the new Raptor course that will host the world’s speediest ladies in less than fifty days at Vail-Beaver Creek 2015

Lara, you won both speed races at the ladies’ FIS World Cup in Beaver Creek in November 2013. How do you like the Raptor course?
“It’s the only real downhill course we have. There are some that are just steep and others that are just easy and flat. In Beaver Creek, you have everything.  It’s flat on the top, then in between there’s a really challenging steep part that demands respect. That’s what we need in a downhill. We should have more courses like that.”

How do you race such a course?
“It‘s challenging. You have to charge all the time but you also need to keep everything under control. That’s not easy. I like it. I like the challenge.”

What is special about racing in the US?
“I have always liked racing in Beaver Creek. It’s really nice. Overall I like the US. It’s great that we will even have the World Cup Finals there in a few years (Editor’s note: Aspen 2017.).

But racing in the US is completely different from Europe. It’s like two different worlds. We have a lot less pressure on us and fewer media around. It’s probably the only time we can just ski and really focus on it. “

Are the World Championships a big goal for you?
“My goal always is to ski fast. But of course, when there are medals to win, I want to be really fast.”

Courtesy of Vail-Beaver Creek 2015

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