Swiss skier Lara Gut was crying on Wednesday after winning bronze and letting a gold medal slip through her fingers, but she quickly took to social media to apologize for her tears. The 22-year-old first-time Olympian posted a Facebook update acknowledging the error in her disappointment.
“I’m really sorry for my tears and that I didn’t look so happy at the finish,” she said in the post. ”It’s the first time that I saw that gold medal so close and I’m sorry for my mistake.”
Gut appeared exasperated when she finished 0.10 seconds short of a three-way tie for gold, despite having clocked the fastest speed in the race. She trailed just behind Slovenian skier Tina Maze and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin, who tied for gold in the event.
When she recognized her position, she put her head in her hands and then spread her arms in vexation, later showing tears, according to Web Pro News.
She later joined the other two athletes on the podium during the flower ceremony, and mentioned in the post that standing next to such athletes made her “proud.”
This isn’t the first time Laura Gut has shed tears at the Sochi games. On Monday, she was seen crying after she failed to finish in the slalom leg of super-combined. She had started in the silver-medal slot after her downhill performance and let a medal slip through her fingers yet again.
The Swiss Olympian had been waiting to go the Olympics for many years.
“When you’re an athlete and you know you can win more medals, one is never enough. Even if it’s gold,” she said in an Associated Press report.
But Gut still has hopes for more wins this Olympic games. She is a strong contender in the Olympic super-G event, which takes place on Saturday, and she announced to her Facebook followers “…be happy with me and in 3 days there’s another chance to catch.”
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