Winter Olympics 2018: Ester Ledecka makes medal history in Pyeongchang

Winter Olympics 2018: Ester Ledecka makes medal history in Pyeongchang

Ester Ledecka confirmed her position as the snow queen of these Winter Olympics - in fact, arguably, any Winter Games - with a supreme victory in the snowboard parallel giant slalom on Saturday.

Ester Ledecka made history last night in PyeongChang when she took home Olympic gold in women's snowboarding parallel giant slalom.

Meantime, Germany completed a shock run to their first men's Olympic hockey final Friday by dethroning two-time defending champion Canada 4-3, the fairytale squad advancing to a Sunday showdown for gold against the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

"It's her desire to do something completely special", said Justin Reiter, a former Olympic snowboarder who met Ledecka when she began training at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in Colorado. She is certainly an extraordinary talent.

But she confessed it had not been easy to deal with the pressure of having so many great expectations on her shoulders.

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

It was impressive enough that she was the first person to compete in skiing and snowboarding at an Olympics.

It is not that this daughter of a famous Czech musician does not care about what she has achieved. But performing and practicing with exuberance is paramount. "It's quite heavy, I don't recommend", she said earlier at these Games.

"Her resilience to say, "No, I want to do what I want to do" because that's kind of her motto", he said, "she just wants to go out and have fun".

Ledecka has a rich Olympic bloodline.

And do both she did.

Previous coaches had also struggled with the Czech's determination to double up, but this year Reiter changed his approach and chose to "put fuel in each of the fires".

"Oh, no, it's impossible", Reiter said on swapping back and forth. "This is something that happens in storybooks".

But as soon as she was done with her skiing program here at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics (she also placed 23rd in the giant slalom), she had to change roles and morph into the reigning world champion in snowboard parallel giant slalom that she is.

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But a second gold was not a matter of routine.

So unprepared was she for skiing success that this daughter of a famous Czech musician turned up to her press conference wearing goggles because, in her own words, "I don't have any make up on". She just needed to know how hard it would be, and then she could figure out the training and discipline the task required. In an event where one mistake leads to elimination, tensions were high.

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

"I was screaming and crying when she came down and won that gold", she said.

"She knew what she wanted to do, and she conserved her energy well". Nobody should be too surprised that she took another gold medal, either.

"She expects a lot of herself".

"I love racing. This is the best thing about my job - the racing".

There was only a brief moment of worry on the Czech's historic day.

Ramona Hofmeister was no match in the semifinal, wiping out as she tried in vain to catch Ledecka. The crowd held its breath before Pyeongchang's breakout star overtook the German at the halfway mark.

The four others to win two different events competed in similar Nordic events. "Don't tell my coaches", she reportedly said.

"You don't need caviar every day".

Ledecka revealed that it felt odd to go back-and-forth between the snowboard and skis.

Life will never be the same for Ledecka. Her grandfather, Jan Klapac, won bronze and silver in ice hockey with Czechoslovakia. This time, however, she has different plans.

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