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Ledecka gets second Olympic gold, this time in snowboarding

Ledecka gets second Olympic gold, this time in snowboarding

The Czech confirmed her position as the snow queen of the Games by becoming the first woman to win gold in two sports at a single Winter Olympics, following her sensational victory in the super-G skiing last weekend.

Medalists in the women's parallel giant slalom from right, Germany's Selina Joerg, silver, the Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka, gold, and Germany's Ramona Theresia Hofmeister, bronze, pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

Having gone a second quicker than any competitor during qualification, Ledecka comfortably won each knockout race before beating Joerg by nearly half-a-second in the big final. Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecka will race in the parallel giant slalom event, where she's a world champion and an Olympic favorite.

"It was a great feeling, every run was a great feeling, it was something very special".

It was to do it her way — to compete in multiple sports, to win multiple golds — and the more she heard people say she couldnt do it, the worse a listener she became. That came seven days after she won the super-G by.01 seconds and shocked everyone, including herself. She said she became a serious skier at age 13 by default. Although, according to her coach Justin Reiter, this shouldn't have happened.

"I really enjoyed the race today". "My plan is to stay with my heart, so for now I think I will do both because I love both", she said.

This will definitely be one of the greatest moments in all Olympic history and probably the best performance in this year's Olympics.

And after winning her second gold medal, Ledecka said she was hopeful her example would serve as an inspiration for younger athletes wanting to compete at an elite level in more than one area.

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Ledecka joins Norwegians Thorleif Haug and Johan Groettumsbraten as the only athlete to do a multi-sport double in the same Olympics.

"It made everybody think about how much better we could all ski the course", Shiffrin added.

"But because of who Ester is, and how she functions, that is not enough".

Ledecka revealed that it felt unusual to go back-and-forth between the snowboard and skis. "That I could just hop from sport to sport".

"But each time we get Ester back on the snowboard side, it's like chunk of coal". Ledecka is the defending parallel giant slalom world champion, and is ranked number one in the world in the discipline. "Don't tell my coaches", she reportedly said.

But Niskanen attacked early - less than 20km into the race - and held off the competition to win by 18.7sec from Russians Alexander Bolshunov and Andrey Larkov.

Even though you are the only one with a gold medal in two different sports?

"There are the greatest athletes in the world here", she said in the interview area by the slope.


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