Lara Gut is is proud to be a part of the Olympic games this year, though often it is difficult to tell due to the tears flowing from her eyes.
On Monday, the 22-year old Swiss alpine ski racer began to cry after failing to finish the slalom leg of super-combined in the silver-medal slot after downhill.
Two days later, the waterworks began again after earning a bronze medal for her high-speed downhill run. She came in 0.10 seconds too slow to force a three-way tie for the gold medal, beaten by co-winners Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze.
As reported by The Washington Post, her exasperation was obvious when she crossed the finish line and threw her arms wide in the air, not seeming to understand.
“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 at the finish line.
She later posted a more-collected response on her official Facebook page.
But, despite Gut’s outward disappointment, the Swiss have nothing to be ashamed of. They now have two gold medalists from the Sochi Winter Olympics: Iouri Podladtchikov in snowboarding and Gut’s competitor, Dominique Gisin.
In 2009, Gut won silver medals in The World Championships for the Downhill and the Super Combined, just two months before her 18th birthday. However, she dislocated her hip later that year and had to miss the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
“Four years (ago) I wasn’t able to start in the Olympics,” Gut recently said. “So I have no reason to be unhappy with my bronze.”
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