Ester Ledecka Makes History, Winning Olympic Gold In Both Snowboarding And Skiing
Mar 01, 2018, 07:36
Ester Ledecka made Winter Olympic history when she claimed her second gold medal of the event in the Women's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Czech had delivered the most stunning victory of the 2018 Winter Games, coming out of nowhere to win the Super-G by one-hundredth of a second last week. She hopes her family is feeling great and said that she was proud of her team and coach. "I gain much more speed in the ski", she said.
And while she was pleased to be back on her snowboard, she said that making the transition from skis to snowboard had felt odd at first.
There were a few nervy moments for Ledecka in the final, but the world champion overcame those wobbles to finish 0.46 seconds ahead of her rival and complete history in South Korea.
So unprepared was she for skiing success that this daughter of a famous Czech musician turned up to her press conference wearing goggles because, in her own words, "I don't have any make up on". Even her snowboardcoach, Justin Reiter, the former USA snowboarder, doubted as recently as last fall that Ledecka could perform at a high level in both.
"This is the best thing about my job, the racing".
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Silver medallist Joerg had nothing but praise for Ledecka, describing her as "the girl for the future", adding that her double gold at PyeongChang 2018 would help raise the profile of snowboard slalom.
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Vonn would like to be a multisport athlete, but her forays into tennis, figure skating, soccer and gymnastics were short-lived.
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"This year she prioritised her health over her training -- in the past she didn't rest enough so this year we managed everything as perfectly as can be".
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"There are the greatest athletes in the world here", she told reporters. She said she did not feel good with her snowboarding here until the day before competition.
Ledecka revealed that it felt odd to go back-and-forth between the snowboard and skis.
Whenever Ledecka returns from her skiing exploits, Reiter said, it is akin to having to polish a rough diamond all over again. Her reasoning: she didn't have time to put on makeup.
For Joerg, the silver medal could be regarded as a long-awaited redemption after she narrowly missed out on a medal in Vancouver eight years ago.
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