Winter Olympics 2018: Veith admirably gracious after Ledecka snatches gold

Posted February 21, 2018

The juggling act is likely to get more challenging.

Bank added: "I think some people in the world of Alpine skiing were upset when she won".

Is that totally insane?

While commentators and fans were surprised at what had just happened after the run, Ledecka was caught off guard herself.

The Czech Olympic team has dubbed it the Miracle on Snow.

"This must be some mistake, they're going to switch the time for some others", Ledecka said to the media after the race.

But this miracle doesn't happen without Steamboat Springs. They both proudly represent the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. "Better stay with us and don't go snowboarding. It's an Olympic medal and after my [2015 knee] injury, I'm so happy that I'm in this situation, that I can ski fast", she said.

"Steamboat attracts elite winter athletes from all over the world. They were good and we weren't really good enough on the day". "I just made a mistake".

Ledecka showed off her gold medal on Instagram.

As the world champion and with five World Cup titles to her name this season, next week's parallel giant slalom is where you'd have expected heavy-favourite Ledecka to be winning gold prior to the start of the Games.

Ester Ledecka came to Pyeongchang intent on becoming the first athlete to compete in both snowboarding and alpine skiing.

Ledecka, who now ranks 43rd on the World Cup super-G standings and has never finished higher than 19th in the discipline at a World Cup event, made history by even competing in Friday's race. "And skiing helps her snowboarding because it's faster - snowboard must feel like slow motion to her". She sped down the slope, making great time by running on an efficient line.

Ledecka, 22, posted a time of one minute, 21.11 seconds as the Czech Republic claimed their first medal in the sport, with Austrian defending champion Anna Veith and Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather completing the podium.

Say what? That does not compute.

"I thought that was maybe the best run, then Ester, because she does snowboarding, we didn't know how strong she is". Qualifying for her snowboard event is Thursday. The moderator asked her to remove those goggles.

"I was not as prepared as the other girls that I would be at the [victory] ceremony". At the outset, I said to myself: "You're there, without pressure, in contrast to your opponents".

With a giddy smile on her face, Ledecka yelped: "Well, it's truth". And a snowboarder won.

Most recently, sportscaster Dan Hicks doubled down on a gaffe Saturday night while covering the women's super-G skiing event, and ski analyst Bode Miller and hockey analyst Mike Milbury faced backlash for some on-air comments. And it could be decades before something so stunning happens in an Olympic ski race again. "All it took was an Olympic gold medal". Hanyu lost his balance twice in his free skate but a total score of 317.85 gave the peerless Japanese gold with room to spare over compatriot Shoma Uno and Spain's Javier Fernandez.

"Four straight Olympic golds in the women's super G for the skiing powerhouse of Austria".