Winter Olympics: Ester Ledecka wins second gold medal in Pyeongchang

Last week, after she shocked the Alpine ski world by her unexpected gold medal in super-G, Ledecka was afraid she might struggle to find her snowboarding half.

"I wish I had as much athleticism as she has", American downhill star Lindsey Vonn said. "From the start there were a lot of people who would say, "it's not possible to get to the top in both, '" she admitted".

Ester Ledecka made history with an unprecedented snowboard and skiing double on Saturday, while Norway's all-conquering team set a new record for medals at a Winter Olympics.

Winning is important. "For sure I want to win every race", she said.

"It was so nice", an ecstatic Ledecka said after claiming gold at the podium, via the official website of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

It turns out Ledecka is also skilled at windsurfing - yet another Olympic event - which raises the question: Might she consider trying for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo?

Her snowboard coach, Justin Reiter, said Ledecka's journey is about more than simply being a multi-sport athlete.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - When the book is closed on these Olympics - all Olympics, really - Ester Ledecka will have her own chapter.

Among those skeptics was Reiter, a US Olympic snowboarder himself in Sochi four years ago.

Racing from 26th place in the super-G and with the event having already been called by one broadcaster, the 22-year-old stunned the crowd to win by 0.01 seconds.

Despite selecting the favourtable red course, Ledecká didn't have the best start to her final run, and was behind Joerg at the first time split.

She stood in the finish area, not quite believing what had happened.

"The balance of being on one edge, and the feel for the snow that comes from snowboarding, is really beneficial in skiing and you can see it in the super-G". When coaches counselled her to choose one or the other, she held her ground.

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games will conclude on Sunday with the Ice Hockey final between Russian Federation and Germany and the 30km classic style cross country skiing, among other events. She made it look that way with a wire-to-wire exhibition of tight carving, flawless lines and pure domination.

But perhaps it is her way of hiding from the glare of the spotlight which will now focus on her at full wattage. "My plan is to stay with my heart so for now I think I'll continue to do both because I love both".

  • Angelo Rivera