Olympic news: Czech snowboarder Ledecka wins Women’s Ski Alpine Super-G
In what must be the shock of the Games so far, a Czech snowboarder has successfully defeated the entire field of Alpine Super-G skiers to take Gold in the Women’s Super-G event.
Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecka saw off competition from established rivals such as Vonn, Weirather, Gut and the defending Olympic Super-G title holder, Austria’s Anna Veith.
Ledecka, just 22, came into the event as a rank outsider rated just 43rd in the World Cup Super-G standings. Indeed, as Ledecka started down her run, Veith was already accepting the plaudits for retaining back-to-back Gold only to have it stripped by Ledecka who simply tore up the lower half of the course.
Ledecka’s time of 1:21.11 pushed Veith’s 1.21.12 into Silver medal place with Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather taking bronze in 1:21.22. Just the slimmest of margins maybe — but Gold nonetheless. USA’s Lindsay Vonn could only manage 6th.
Ledecka is the first racer to attempt both snowboard and ski racing at an Olympics. What a way to make your mark! We now look forward to seeing what she can achieve in her favoured (and more successful) events of Snowboard Parallel GS and Parallel Slalom — sports in which she’s current World Champion and former World Champion respectively.