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Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka takes shock super-G gold at Winter Olympics

18 February 2018

Shortly after finishing and seeing her time, she asked, "How did that happen?" She wore her goggles at the press conference afterwards. "Two years ago, they changed it". It was a generous act by the American - one that embodies the Olympic spirit - and it was an inspired gamble by Ledecka. In super-G, the best go first.

Her family's contribution now constitutes seven of the 10 Olympic medals won by skiers from Liechtenstein.

She explained: "He (my grandfather) was supposed to help me". "I was probably the only snowboarder on site".

Initiated by Jan in ice hockey, the other great passion Czech with soccer, Ester was then tried as to other sports (beach volleyball, windsurfing).

For three consecutive years she has ranked as the world's top parallel snowboarder, a racing sport far more popular in Europe than the United States, but even then she was more a national treasure than global. With the newly crowned Olympic giant slalom winner's skis strapped to her feet, she had the run of her life.

This is not until 2015 that the Czech began on the world Cup circuit for alpine. Quite the opposite of the superstar Vonn, who has 81 success in the world Cup. Nearly emotionless. She looked at her time and then around at the crowd, as if she were waiting for someone to tell her it was a mistake.

Ledecka won the competition on skis borrowed from fellow gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, who skipped the event after repeated event cancellations forced her to embrace a tightened schedule. I'm still absolutely blown away.

"I feel like in the Olympics, a lot of weird things happen and it's not that they [the winners] don't deserve it, it's just different".

"For me it was a big surprise that she could do this".

"I'm really looking forward to the snowboard and I think I should already switch on "snowboard girl" now".

"Our serviceman waxed them a lot of times".

Ledecka has reconciled the alpine skiing and the "ski fun", the old and the new world.

Take a look at her reaction - it's hardly the face of someone who believes they just won gold. For the greatest pleasure of the presidents of the IOC, Thomas Bach, and the global ski Federation Gianfranco Kasper, who were in the main grandstand.

The first racer out of the starting gate, Vonn had a fast run going before going too wide on a turn near the bottom.

Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka takes shock super-G gold at Winter Olympics