Saturday, February 17, 2018

Snowboard Champion Ester Ledecka Shocks with Super-G Gold

Snowboard World Cup parallel world champion Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, who is the first athlete to compete in two different sports at an Olympic Winter Games, crossed the finish line in the ladies’ super-G in absolute disbelief. Wearing bib 26, she charged down the course, not without error, but always with speed under her feet. At the finish line, the scoreboard showed a green light with a 0.01-second advantage over defending gold medalist Anna Veith of Austria.
The athlete, who had never secured a World Cup podium in alpine skiing but who has handfuls in snowboarding, thought the clock was mistaken. Even after the cameraman in the finish area told her she was the winner, she could not believe the time.
"How did that happen", she asked while shaking her head."I don't know. I am so surprised about all of it. I'm really trying to win and do a good run every time but I didn't really realize that this really can happen. I was probably the only snowboarder on site. All the other girls didn't risk a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to do my best run".
Despite being bumped to silver, Veith still completed her incredible comeback story following a two-year return from a devastating knee injury. To even be on the podium was a massive accomplishment for the Austrian who has battled to return to top form on the World Cup circuit.
Tina Weirather, a regular on the World Cup super-G podium and last season’s discipline standings winner, became the sixth athlete and third woman from Liechtenstein to claim a medal at the Olympic Games with bronze on the day. Weirather now joins her mother, Hanni Wenzel, with a medal of her own.

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