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Lara Gut in tears again at Sochi Olympics

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 12, 2014 at 7:17 am •  Published: February 12, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Lara Gut was reduced to tears, again.

The talented Swiss skier finally made it onto the Olympic stage this year in Sochi, but her first two races have been unhappy experiences.

On Wednesday, Gut cried in disappointment when her high-speed downhill run earned only a bronze medal, 0.10 seconds too slow to force a three-way tie for gold.

"I'm really sorry for my tears and that I didn't look so happy at the finish," Gut wrote on her Facebook account an hour after sharing a news conference with co-winners Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze.

"It's the first time that I saw that gold medal so close and I'm sorry for my mistake," the 22-year-old Gut said. "But to be on the Downhill podium at the Olympics with such great athletes as Tina and Dominique make me proud!"

Emotions, as usual, are very near the surface for Gut.

On Monday, Gut began the slalom leg of super-combined in the silver-medal slot after downhill, but was soon crying after skiing out and failing to finish.

Two days later, Gut again did not hide her feelings after crossing the finish line to see she was trailing Gisin.

She bowed her head, placed both hands on her helmet and then spread her arms wide in exasperation. She seemed unable to understand how her obvious speed — clocking the fastest speed-check all day at more than 64 mph (104 kph) — did not translate into the fastest time.

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