SNOWBOARDER ESTER LEDECKA WINS ALPINE SKIING GOLD

SNOWBOARDER ESTER LEDECKA WINS ALPINE SKIING GOLD

Ester Ledecka stepped out of her snowboard long enough to click into her skis and become an Olympic gold medallist. Even the 22-year-old from the Czech Republic who takes part in both sports can't quite believe it.

 

Ledecka made a stunning run from back in the pack to take the super-G title on Saturday at the Pyeongchang Games. "Til today, I thought I am a better snowboarder," Ledecka said.

 

The 26th racer to take the course, Ledecka shredded her way through it in a time of 1 minute, 21.11 seconds. Defending champion Anna Veith of Austria earned the silver, finishing 0.01 seconds back, and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein captured bronze.

 

Ledecka is far from finished at the Olympics. She is trying to talk her coaches into letting her compete in the Olympic downhill on Wednesday, before she grabs her snowboard for Thursday's qualifying in the parallel giant slalom. The final is Saturday. She won the parallel giant slalom at the world snowboard championships last March.  "I was probably the only snowboarder on site," Ledecka said. "All the other girls didn't risk a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to do my best run."

 

Ledecka's run shocked even her. Shortly after finishing and seeing her time, she asked, "How did that happen?"

 

Source: www.stuff.co.nz

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