Ester Ledecka: two gold medals in history

Ester Ledecka won the gold medal in the super-G in alpine skiing and in the parallel giant slalom in snowboarding at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games 2018, making it the first woman in the history of the Winter Olympics to climb the highest step of the podium in two different disciplines in the same edition; before her only the Norwegians Thorleif Haug and Johan Grøttumsbråten had succeeded in this venture, both centering the combined cross country skiing and Nordic combined respectively at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc 1924 and at Sankt Moritz 1928.

Ester Ledecka

Ester Ledecka’s venture is sensational especially because it is a matter of two completely different disciplines.

Ester Ledecka

Her mother Zuzana was a figure skater, her father Janek Ledecký is a singer-songwriter very famous in his country. Her grandfather Jan Klaápáč was a hockey player, winner of two medals at the Olympic Games: silver at Grenoble 1968 and bronze at Innsbruck 1964, with the Czechoslovak national team. Brother Jonáš is a famous designer: he is the author, among other things, of the suits with which Ester Ledecká competed at PyeongChang 2018.

Ester Ledecka

Ester Ledecká made her debut in international competitions at the 2011 World Snowboard Championships at La Molina, taking a 40th place in the parallel slalom and a 33rd place in the parallel giant. In 2013 she won two gold medals at the Junior World Championships in Erzurum.

Ester Ledecka

She represented Czech Republic at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games 2018 in snowboarding, competing in the giant slalom, and in alpine skiing, in the supergiant (first in history), winning both races and thus becoming the first woman in history to win two Olympic gold medals in two different winter disciplines.

Ester Ledecka

In the super-giants, race in which she started with the number 26, she won the gold medal with a time of 1’21 “11, ahead of one hundredth the Austrian Anna Veith and eleven cents the liechtensteinese Tina Weirather. Her victory was completely unexpected, given that in her career her best result in the World Cup had been a nineteenth place and she presented herself in South Korea with the forty-third place in the supergiant rankings. NBC had already announced Veith as the gold winner before she competed: starting with the bib number 26, in fact, all the favorites to the victory had already dropped. To make the race had to borrow the skis from the American Mikaela Shiffrin.

Ester Ledecka with Anna Veith and Tina Weirather

Ester Ledecka with Anna Veith and Tina Weirather

Other beautiful athletes involved in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games 2018 had been Anastasia Bryzgalova, Sofia Goggia, Dorothea Wierer and Anna Gasser.