Ms. Namita Nayyar: You started skiing at a very young age and first raced at the age of fifteen years. You reached the pinnacle of success in 2009 by winning two silvers in Women’s alpine skiing in World Championships and later won Bronze at 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. What factors you consider were responsible that made you achieve that?
Ms. Lara Gut: I hope I didn’t reach the top of my career yet; I started racing on the World Cup Circuit at a very young age, this is right but after only one successful season I had a bad hip injury in September 2010 which abruptly stopped everything. I didn’t compete the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games because I was recovering of it and it took me another year to be back on the level I was before that.
But there’s one thing that always made me move forward and it is that I love what I’m doing, skiing is my passion and my motivation is to reach my limits and be better everyday. I’m lucky that I have a great family and nice people around me who are supporting me and helping me believing my dream.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are the most successful female ski racer in Swiss history. You at the Alpine Youth World Championship 2007 at Altenmarkt, Austria, won silver in downhill. In the same year, you became Swiss national champion in super-G, the second youngest champion of all time. What facilities exist for alpine skiing in Switzerland that acted as a catalyst in your achievements?
Ms. Lara Gut: Thanks, this is an amazing compliment but it’s not true. We have had great ski champions in the past as Vreni Schneider (she won 5 Golds at the Olympic Games) or Pirmin Zurbriggen, I’m still far away from what they achieved but I’m trying to give my best to follow the steps.
Switzerland is a small country with a lot of mountains, the Alps and skiing has always been a traditional sport in our country, I grow up in Lugano where there’s no places to ski but my grandparents live in Airolo which is a nice ski resort and we went there every weekend when I was a child. I think what helped me most was my family, if I am where I am now and I’m living my dream is just because they taught me lots of good things, to enjoy life and be thankful for everything I can experience.