Meet The First Woman To Bag Gold In Two Sports In Winter Olympics
Ester Ledecka has become the first woman to win gold medals in two different sports in the Winter Olympics. The first time she claimed a gold was in Alpine skiing, which is not Ledecka’s best game. A week later, on Saturday (Feb 17), she bagged a gold in the snowboarding parallel giant slalom.
She's done it! ?
Ester Ledecka is DOUBLE Olympic champion! ?
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 24, 2018
The No. 1 ranked athlete in women’s parallel giant slalom snowboarding had made her finals cut after marking the fastest time. Then she won four consecutive races to clinch her second gold medal of the PyeongChang Olympics.
The 22-year-old Czech stunned the world with the victory in the skiing super G last Saturday. She defeated Germany’s Selina Joerg to win her second gold. Ramona Theresia Hofmeister had to settle for the bronze.
Her super G win was tagged as “one of the most astonishing Olympic stories of all time” as she won on borrowed skis
With this win, she now stands fifth in the athletes’ queue who won in two sports at one Games and the first in unrelated events with the previous double wins coming in Nordic events. She’s also the first athlete overall to accomplish the feat since 1928.
The first woman to earn two gold medals in two different sports in a single #WinterOlympics!
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 24, 2018
The Czech snowboarder beat reigning Olympic champion Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland and a pair of Germans ranked No. 2 and 3 in the world
“It’s probably the best story of these Games, absolutely incredible. What an athlete. It’s hard enough doing one discipline in alpine skiing.” BBC Sport commentator and five-time Olympian Graham Bell said.
Ester Ledecka's dream @Olympics continues with another finish at the top of the podium. After claiming #Gold in Women's #AlpineSkiing Super-G, she is creating her own legacy as a two sport star with a #Gold in Women's #Snowboard #PGS
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) February 24, 2018
Ledecka started skiing aged two and her passion for snowboarding was born at five. She started on the skiing circuit in 2016.
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