- Lara Gut crashed out of the women’s giant slalom event at the Winter Olympics
- The Swiss skier’s first run ended with her hurtling into a nearby photographer
- Despite the fearsome collision, both Gut and the cameraman were unharmed
- Twenty-six-year-old Gut will compete in the Super-G event in two days’ time
Swiss skier Lara Gut’s first run in Thursday’s Winter Olympics women’s giant slalom event lasted just 17 seconds and ended with a terrifying collision.
The 26-year-old — a bronze downhill medalist in Sochi four years ago — lost balance and slipped over before hurtling into a photographer at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre in Pyeongchang.
Remarkably, neither Gut nor the cameraman were seriously injured and she is expected to compete in the Super-G event in two days’ time.
Lara Gut crashed out of the women’s giant slalom event at the Winter Olympics on Thursday
The Swiss skier’s brief first run ended with a terrifying crash which took out a photographer
Gut lost balance and fell over before hurtling towards a fence at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre
The slip ended her hopes of winning a medal in the event but she is set to compete in another
Gut was not seriously injured and she plans to race in the the Super-G event in two days’ time
‘No, I’m OK, I’m OK,’ she said after the crash.
‘I asked the photographer if he was OK, too, and he said he was.
‘I think it’s getting scary to be a photographer on skiing hills.’
Gut was one of 11 starters who did not complete their first run in the giant slalom on Thursday morning, before a further seven fell on their second attempt.
America’s Mikaela Shiffrin claimed the gold medal, after runs of 1:10.82 and 1:09.20.
Shiffrin was 0.39 seconds clear of runner-up Ragnhild Mowinckel from Norway, while Italy’s Federica Brignone took bronze.
Spectators on the slopes in Pyeongchang were relieved to see Gut walk away from the incident
Despite being wiped off his feet by Gut at high speed, the photographer escaped unharmed
Twenty-six-year-old Gut said: ‘I think it’s getting scary to be a photographer on skiing hills’
American skier Mikaela Shiffrin claimed the gold medal, after runs of 1:10.82 and 1:09.20
Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel (left) was second, with Italian Federica Brignone (right) third