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Top five things to know about Lara Gut-Behrami

From overall World Cup winner to Olympic medallist, the 29-year-old is already a Swiss skiing legend, but do you know that she has been in a movie?

By Alessandro Poggi ·

Lara Gut-Behrami has been winning skiing races since she was 17.

With 30 World Cup victories and counting, the 2016 overall title winner is currently the second most successful active female racer after Mikaela Shiffrin (68).

Born in the Italian-speaking Canton Ticino, Sochi 2014 Olympic bronze medallist Gut-Behrami is a star in Switzerland, and this season she re-discovered her best form with four consecutive Super G wins that has put her in contention for another Crystal Globe.

Gut-Behrami is one of the ones to watch at the Cortina 2021 World Championships, but how well do you know the 29-year-old?

1 - Married to a former Premier League football player

Lara Gut featured in the 'wedding of the year' according to Swiss newspapers, when she married football player Valon Behrami in July 2018.

The couple tied the knot at a private ceremony in Lugano, before celebrating on the Monte Bre.

"You and I, our families, our closest friends. The feeling to be home, I couldn't imagine a better way to say 'I want it'," the skier had written on her Facebook profile.

She has competed under the name Gut-Behrami since 2019.

At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Behrami became the first Swiss player to appear in four consecutive tournaments.

The Genoa midfielder has played for several Serie A and English Premier League clubs, including Fiorentina, Napoli, Lazio, Watford and West Ham United.

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2 - Lara Gut-Behrami speaks five languages

Switzerland has four official languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh), but Lara's multilingual skills are even more impressive.

Her mum Gabriella is Italian and lived in the the French-speaking town of Canton Giura.

Gut-Behrami grew up bilingual and quickly added other languages to her repertoire:

"When I was a kid I was fluent in Italian and French, then I studied German and English and right now I am trying to get better in Spanish," the five-time world medallist wrote on her website.

Unsurprisingly, the Swiss skier is in demand by foreign media, and can comfortably switch languages as you can see in this video filmed after her knee injury suffered in early 2017.

Lara Gut celebrates her first World Cup win in front of the home fans in St. Moritz.

3 - Lara Gut Behrami - A precocious skier

Lara started to ski when she was under two years old.

"My aunt’s first present to me was a pair of skis which I used to put on my feet and walk all around the garden during summer 1992," she wrote on her personal webpage.

At 16 she was already competing in World Cup races, making her first podium in February 2008 in the St. Moritz downhill, despite losing control of her skis in the final pitch, sliding on her back through the finish line.

A few months later on the same track, Gut-Behrami took her first race to become the youngest skier to win a Super-G at 17 years and 237 days.

4 - Lara's brother represents Liechtestein

The Gut family is all about skiing.

Lara's dad Pauli is a former skier and has been her head coach since 2009.

Pauli and his wife Gabriella Almici - an Italian fitness coach and phyisiotherapist - are part of the 'Lara Gut-Behrami Team', which looks after Lara and her brother Ian.

Ian Gut is four years Lara's junior and has competed since 2018 for Liechtenstein.

“I am fortunate enough to have the Liechtenstein passport and my main goal is to receive new ideas and impulses from new trainers,” Ian Gut told Ski Racing after leaving the Swiss team.

Ian, who represented Switzerland in the 2012 Youth Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, gets along very well with his sister and during his spare time enjoys surfing and enduro cycling.

Ian Gut representing Switzerland at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

5 - Gut-Behrami acted in an award-winning movie

Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Ronda Rousey are just some of the Olympians who previously appeared in movies.

Gut-Behrami followed in their footsteps when she played a skier named Chiara Merz in the movie 'Tutti giu' ('Everybody Sometimes Falls'), directed by Niccolo Castelli in 2012.

The film, which featured at the Locarno International film festival and won the best picture award at the Kitzbuhel festival, follows the sporting journeys of three youngsters from Canton Ticino.

You can watch the trailer here.

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