Swiss target medals despite Gut injury
The Swiss women's skiing team aims to win two medals at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, team officials said Friday.Lausanne -- The Swiss women's skiing team is aiming for two medals at the Winter Olympics even though injured prodigy Lara Gut remains doubtful for Vancouver, team officials said Friday.
Last season Gut won three World Cup medals and two silver medals at the World Championships in Val d'Isere.
The 18-year-old underwent a successful operation on her injured hip earlier in October following a training fall in September and is likely to be recovering for about three months, her father and coach Pauli Gut said.
"It's true that this year we'll probably have to do without Lara Gut for much of the World Cup," Swiss women's team coach Hugues Ansermoz told journalists.
Ansermoz said he had spoken to her parents and agreed the main target should be her recovery.
"We'll only decide when Lara is back on skis and training," Ansermoz added.
Swiss ski coaches hope she will compete at the women's World Cup event in St Moritz at the end of January.
Gut may be able to benefit from a medical clause to qualify for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver two weeks later, they explained, but only if she is fit.
Despite several training injuries, the Swiss team said they were aiming for 10 World Cup medals in the coming season and two Olympic medals, even though Gut won most of the Swiss women’s' medals in the 2008 World Championships.
Downhill and giant slalom specialist Fabienne Suter should compete at the first World Cup event in Solden in October after recovering from concussion, Ansermoz confirmed.
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