Vonn's Olympic dreams dashed as Ledecka goes on fairytale run

Vonn's Olympic dreams dashed as Ledecka goes on fairytale run

Vonn's Olympic dreams dashed as Ledecka goes on fairytale run

Ester Ledecka, a world champion SNOWBOARDER, shocks the field to win a surprise-gold by 0.01 in alpine skiing women's super-G!

"How did that happen?"

"She is multi-talented. I followed her, and thought it was a matter of time before she'd end up further in the front".

While it's obviously shocking that a snowboarder would win the gold medal on a pair of borrowed skis, Ledecka would later say that it's possible her coming at the course with a different mindset than the competition gave her an advantage.

Ledecká, who is the first ever athlete to compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics, finished with a winning time of 1min 21.12sec to snatch the gold from the the two-time overall World Cup Anna Veith by one-hundredth of a second.

Now 33, the 2010 Olympic super-G bronze medalist is entering her fourth and likely final Olympic Games.

"We were all at the top watching and we all went silent", veteran ski racer Sarah Schleper of Mexico, running 39th, told Reuters after the race.

Vonn, the first to start the race, saw her dreams of a podium finish dashed early on, with Italy's Johanna Schnarf (third to start), Switzerland's Gut (fifth to start) and Weirather (seventh to start) outperforming her.

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Wonderful question. Even better may be this: Is she now a snowboarder or an Alpine skier?

"I thought there must be some mistake, I thought they'd switch the times for someone else's!" she said.

In her most recent super-G run, in Austria in January, the Czech came 24th.

"The big stars were probably a little bit put off because they don't expect people to come from behind", the 38-year-old Schleper said. There must be a lot of pressure on them.

"Unfortunately, I made that mistake and that happens in ski racing", said Vonn. "And it didn't quite turn out the way I'd hoped".

"I am really proud that my mum and my uncle were able to do that too".

Unmoving, mouth agape, it finally dawned on her that she was atop the timings, a punch in the air confirming she had gone one better than her grandfather Jan Klapac, who won bronze at the 1964 Innsbruck Games and silver four years later in Grenoble for the then-Czechoslovakia ice hockey team.

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