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Ester Ledecka creates Olympic history with Parallel Giant Slalom gold

Ester Ledecka has created history. She has left an indelible mark on PyeongChang and rewritten the record books of Olympic sport.

The 22-year-old has become the first woman to win two gold medals in two different sports at one Games. Summer or winter.

An astonishing achievement.

After her shock super-G win, Ledecka claimed the ladies’ Parallel Giant Slalom title on Saturday.

Ledecka beat Germany’s Selina Joerg in the big final, with another German, Ramona Theresia Hofmeister, taking the bronze.

Ledecka’s day

Ledecka cruised through her opening quarter final.

The Czech snowboarder (and Alpine skier of course) crossed the line 0.71 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Patrizia Kummer.

Onto the semi finals.

There she was up against Germany’s Ramona Theresia Hofmeister.

Hofmeister got out of the gate quickest, and opened up a 0.25 second gap.

But as Ledecka began to apply some pressure, Hofmeister felt the heat.

The German went down coming into the final stretch and did not finish.

Ledecka was in the big final, and guaranteed silver or gold.

History made

Another German lay in wait in the final.

There was little to choose between Selina Joerg and Ledecka in the early stages of the race.

But from around the midway point, Ledecka had it in the bag.

Pulling ahead to win by a comfortable 0.46 second margin.

The Czech threw her arms aloft at the finish line.

After her super-G success, she initially doubted the result, thinking there had been a wrong time given.

There was no hesitation second time around.

Olympic records

You have to go right back in the annals of Olympic records to find some kind of context for what Ledecka has done.

Norwegians Thorleif Haug (1924) and Johann Grottumsbraaten (1928) both won golds in cross-country skiing and Nordic combined.

But in the modern era, what Ledecka has done has no direct comparison.

A truly remarkable athlete.

Her future

Ledecka put in an incredible amount of work to arrive in PyeongChang in a position to compete in both skiing and snowboarding.

So will she continue to pursue a career on both fronts?

“I don’t know, as long as I have fun with both I will probably do both and we’ll see what happens,” she said after her PGS triumph.

After the celebrations will come a time to recover and reflect:

“I was here from the start because the skiing was the first and I went GS and super-G and I switched to snowboard.

I was here many days, I’m really looking forward to getting home.”



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