Ledecka Writes History With Super-G and PGS Gold

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Like thousands of children around the world, the young Ledecka was advised at an early age to concentrate on one sport but one thing the two Esters have in common is a single-minded determination to follow their heart.

It marked the second Olympic curling medal in U.S. history, following a bronze at the 2006 Turin winter games.

While her super-G gold was a complete shock, Ledecka looked in command from the outset in her favoured discipline, setting the fastest time in qualifying and handling the pressure to make her historic achievement look nearly routine.

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. She looked every bit the snowboarder who is the world champion in the event where she's been competing on the World Cup circuit since 2012. "I was just riding with the confidence, enjoying the race and having fun". Everyone was screaming. I thought, "OK, now it's weird".

After her win in the super-G, she celebrated with KFC.

Though she could have been expected to win at one, nobody was supposed to do what she did.

"Everybody knows his name", says Stanislav Nemecek, a website development manager from Prague who was hanging around the Czech House hospitality area recently, which had become a popping scene across the street from the Athletes Village in Gangneung.

On a snowboard and skis, Ester Ledecka is a history-making Olympic gold medalist.

She hopes her family is feeling great and said that she was proud of her team and coach.

This, coupled with the gold she had already won in the super-G in alpine skiing made her the first female to win gold in two different sports at the winter Olympic Games and just the fifth athlete overall to do so. "I have never heard of that before, is it even possible?" asked Joerg, who is ranked third in the world behind Ledecka and Hofmeister. Still, don't dismiss the difficulty of this feat.

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.

As Ledecka grew up, coaches kept insisting that no one could excel at both sports, that she would have to choose.

Lee Sangho of South Korea raised his arms in celebration Saturday after winning the silver medal in parallel giant slalom.

And she's all the talk at the Czech House in Gangneung, where the Pilsner flowed on a recent evening.

The Czech athlete - who also picked up gold in Alpine skiing - becomes the first athlete ever to win both those events at a Winter Olympic Games.

"We did the best that we could to try to shelter her from you guys picking her bones clean". "But one you talk to us, we'll open up".

"It's really satisfying that I could be here competing in both events and winning in both".

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