Lara Gut ready to tackle speed season: 'My goal is just to ski fast'
The wait is over for Lara Gut.
The women's speed season is about to begin in Lake Louise, Canada, where the 2016 overall World Cup winner collected three wins and last year finished second in Super G.
After a 14th and a 19th place in Giant Slalom (in Soelden and Killington respectively), the 27-year-old Swiss aims to return to winning ways for the first time time since Cortina d'Ampezzo in January.
"My goal is just to ski fast. To win races you have to ski fast" - the Sochi 2014 downhill bronze medallist said in an exclusive interview with the Olympic Channel.
"I'm just trying to get better day by day. That's the only thing I have in my mind. I think there's nothing new: we know the girls who ski fast and I'm going just to try to ski better and faster than them!" - Lara Gut to Olympic Channel
After marrying football player Valon Behrami during the summer, the Swiss skier will race from this week under the name Lara Gut-Behrami.
Last year the 5-time world medallist came back from a serious knee injury and, at the end of the season, finished second in the Super G standings behind winner (and Olympic bronze medallist) Tina Weirather.
She also just missed the podium in PyeongChang, when Ester Ledecka stormed to a surprise Olympic gold.
Now she thinks she can benefit from normal preparation.
"Last year I knew I was coming back from an injury, I just tried to give my best and I was pretty fast a few times" The Canton Ticino-born skier said
"Now I had a normal summer, I could train, I didn't have any rehab, so this makes a huge difference. I'm looking forward to the winter, I'm healthy, I'm fine and happy to race".
Globe in sight
Reigning champion Mikaela Shiffrin is already topping the overall ranking after a third place in Austria (GS) and two wins in Levi and Killington (Slalom), but Gut thinks it's still too soon to talk about the crystal ball.
"She [Shiffrin] won the last two globes, so for sure she's the favourite, but I don't think it makes sense to start thinking about globes... When I won the globe, I didn't expect to have that but I started to ski faster and faster and to be continuously at the top, so that's the only way to win the globe".
World Cup ski racing in Lake Louise is scheduled from November 30 to December 2 with two downhill races and one Super G event.