Hanyu clinches gold, Ledecka stuns skiers

Posted February 21, 2018

Hailing from Prague, Czech Republic, the 22-year-old was born into a sporting family.

Making the story all the more incredible is the fact that Ledecka, ranked 43rd in the world for the super G event, was using ski's that she had borrowed from Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States, who claimed gold in the giant slalom but dropped out of the super G. They will change the time.

"She knows how to go fast when it's straight".

While Vonn is the second most decorated woman on the Alpine World Cup circuit with 81 victories, Ledecka has never graced the podium on the circuit as she has split her time with her snowboarding career. It's unfathomable. Until you consider that "Every time (Ledecka) comes out of the starting gate, there's a fire behind her and inside her", Reiter said.

While there has been little love lost in this - albeit waning - age-old rivalry, there is no doubt that snowboarding is here to stay.

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Long described as arrivistes who have muscled in on the mountain scene, snowboarders have frequently had self-professed purist alpine skiers frothing over their gluhwein.

"She wasn't relaxed on the morning she won", revealed Ledecka's coach Tomas Bank. She is accomplished in that area - twice a gold medalist at the world championships - and is considered a medal contender in snowboarding here. And this year, he added, she has learned how to better manage her energy. Vonn was quoted after saying, "I wish I had as much athleticism as she has that I could just hop from sport to sport and just, like, win everything".

After Ester Ledecka won the Olympic super-G gold medal in PyeongChang, another Olympic champion with a similar last name expressed her excitement.

"I'm really looking forward to the snowboard and I think I should already switch on "snowboard girl" now". He did just that - going on to win with a final-run score of 87.16. "I was just trying to do my best run". But Ledecka is not finished in PyeongChang. Ledecka, favourite in the snowboard parallel slalom in a week's time, clocked 1min 21.11sec to edge defending champion Anna Veith of Austria by one-hundredth of a second. The young Czech star won the first gold medal ever by the Czech Republic in Alpine skiing.

Veith had to settle for silver, with Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein taking bronze.

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Ski Sunday commentator Ed Leigh: "It's like being great at badminton and tennis".

When things finally began under a clear-as-can-be blue sky, Vonn went first.

BBC Sport skiing expert Graham Bell: "What Ester does is she trains three weeks alpine skiing then three weeks snowboarding". "She will focus entirely on the task without giving through to the result, the gold medal".

President Thomas Bach seemed to be congratulating her. The expectations were low for Gleirscher, having never reached a World Cup podium.

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