Ms. Namita Nayyar: You on 29 September 2009 fell during training at Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and dislocated your hip. You were transported by helicopter to a hospital in Visp, where it was reset. But you returned for the 2011 season and earned four podiums, which included a victory in the super-G at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in January. How you were able to overcome such a physical injury/setback and what advice you can give to fellow sports person in a similar situation?
Ms. Lara Gut: Getting injured is never fun. From one day to the other I couldn’t move anymore, I needed help for everything and you often ask yourself things that only make you feel disappointed and don’t help you. But you have to take it as a chance, you will learn to know your body better and this will help you later when you can train again.
Work hard to be back but give your body enough time, it’s a beautiful machine but we can’t fix it as if it is a car. This is my advice; take care of it, listen to your body, love it and you will be back. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, and it’s not about patience, it’s about believing in yourself but not forgetting to respect your body.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Lara Gut: Yes, I do. I started only two years ago with the zone diet and I really feel the difference. It’s not about controlling the amount of everything I eat or to measure it, count calories. It’s about taking care of myself and my body; if I eat vegetables, proteins and good carbohydrate my body becomes healthy energy, I will feel fitter and my performances will improve. I eat chocolate, but very rarely a cake or ice-cream.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you do to your hair to make them look so stunning?
Ms. Lara Gut: I’m just 23 so I’m still working on my beauty routine… I love to try things so for example if I don’t have an hair mask I take some olive-oil, mix it with honey, maybe yogurt and my hair will feel better and healthy.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and budding professional alpine skiing girls who all are your fans, they shall like to know from you, what they should do for their climb to ladder of success in field of alpine skiing ?
Ms. Lara Gut: We need passion in everything we do so, if you want to be successful in your sport, or you want to achieve your goals you have to be focussed, determined but also really passionated. And there’s something my dad always told me “life is not easy, but if you smile it will feel a little bit easier and for sure it will be more fun”. I never forget this sentence when I’m in trouble.