Winter Olympics 2018: Ester Ledecka makes medal history in Pyeongchang

Ester Ledecka, Czech Two-Sport Superstar, Going for Historic Double Gold at the Winter Olympics

Ledecka may be ranked a lowly 68th overall on the alpine World Cup circuit, but in the parallel giant slalom she is the reigning world champion. Ledecka, racing in the 26th position, edged the defending Olympic champion, Austria's Anna Veith, by 0.01 seconds, or roughly the length of a finger. She said she became a serious skier at age 13 by default. Ledecka is the first female Olympian to win two gold medals in two separate events in the same Winter Olympics [VIDEO].

Fastest in both runs in doubles, just as they were in 2014. She treated herself to fried chicken after her upset win.

Both these sports have well-known stars that have shined brightly over the two weeks of action on the slopes in South Korea: Chloe Kim, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn are just a few.

"I felt happy that I got the chance to compete in my first Olympics, and I already set a goal for the next one".

"Czech people may not seem as expressive as Americans when you first meet them", says Nemecek. And, I mean, obviously, this. Her dad, Janek Ledecky, is a Czech pop music star who wrote a musical version of "Hamlet" that was a hit in both the Czech Republic and, ironically enough, South Korea (it also appeared off-Broadway in 2004). Ledecka becomes the third athlete to win gold in two events in the same Winter Olympics. "It was so fantastic for me to race her in the big final". With these Olympics shadowed by politics, the Russian doping scandal and even a norovirus outbreak, she has been the warmest ray of sunshine in chilly Pyeongchang.

She stood in the finish area, not quite believing what had happened.

But maybe the best measure of Ledecka's dominance came during the qualification rounds, which are timed to determine seeding. Her reason for doing so was just as it was seven days ago: she did not have time to put on make-up. She didn't take off her goggles at the post-race press conference because, she said, she "wasn't prepared to be at the ceremony and I don't have makeup on".




With Saturday's win, Ledecka joins Thorleif Haug and Johan Groettumsbraten as the only athletes to achieve a multi-sport double at the Winter Games. "It's about stopping looking at specialization of prima donnas at 8 years old". "I have many problems with what is going on with youth sports in general".

"The micro-adjustments are huge", Reiter said. It is a different sport. The whirlwind following her improbable - impossible? - victory was hard to come down from.

She said: "I will think about this moment until the end of my life". "Then I was just standing there today at the start and suddenly the snowboarding girl showed up".

"There are the greatest athletes in the world here", she told reporters. "I (was) wanting to win my gold medal (over) this distance and it had been long years".

"The chicken place was not so good", she said. "Ester loves the process, loves the feel of working until she's beat", he said.

"It's impossible", Reiter said, when asked to put the magnitude of the achievement into perspective.

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