Ledecka seals historic snowboard, ski double

Agence France-Presse . Pyeongchang | Published: 00:05, Feb 25,2018

 
 

Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka competes in the final the women’s snowboard parallel giant slalom of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on Saturday. — AFP photo

Ester Ledecka completed a historic Olympic double on Saturday when the Czech star romped to snowboarding parallel giant slalom gold to add to her shock super-G title in alpine skiing.
The 22-year-old world champion became the first woman to capture gold medals in different sports at the same Winter Games after beating Germany’s Selina Joerg by almost half a second in the Pyeongchang final.
‘It was quite tough to change myself back into a snowboarder today,’ said Ledecka, already the first athlete to compete in snowboard and alpine skiing at a Winter Olympics.
‘But suddenly the snowboarder girl showed up and today was a big day for snowboard Ester!
‘It was something very special,’ added Ledecka, who wore her goggles throughout her press conference as she had after her astonishing ski victory.
‘I’ll think about this moment until the end of my life.’
One week ago, Ledecka stunned a strong field including defending champion Anna Veith and American Lindsey Vonn to win the super-G, becoming one of the fairytale stories of the Games.
Ledecka now joins Norwegians Thorleif Haug and Johan Groettumsbraten as the only athletes to do a multi-sport double at the same Olympics.
Haug did the cross-country and Nordic combined double at the 1924 Olympics and Groettumsbraten won the same events at the 1928 Games. 

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