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Ledecka seals stunning double, Norway sets medals mark

01 March 2018

"I'm really looking forward to get to Europe for different cooking because it's been quite a long time already here", she admitted.

Medalists in the women's parallel giant slalom from right, Germany's Selina Joerg, silver, the Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka, gold, and Germany's Ramona Theresia Hofmeister, bronze, pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. "The super-G, she loves it and it's wonderful, but she came here with a goal and she's very, very focused on our goal".

"I found the snowboarder in me, luckily", she said Saturday, "and in the end, it was the smallest pressure on me since one week, and I was just riding and doing my best and doing my job".

Ester Ledecka confirmed her position as the snow queen of these Winter Olympics - in fact, arguably, any Winter Games - with a supreme victory in the snowboard parallel giant slalom on Saturday.

Nobody could get close to Ester Ledecka on this slope.

"I chose to do both".

"I can push myself further and there are still mistakes in skiing and snowboarding and I want to improve myself", she said.

Her determination to prove the sceptics wrong was reflected in her pride at having succeeded - in such extraordinary fashion - in both.

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All of her support team stressed how much work went into Ledecka's success and she said her ability to enjoy even the daily grind of training gave her a competitive edge.

Michael Trapp, an American who trains with Ledecka in Colorado, said her passion, and persistence, more than her talent or versatility, is what sets her apart. "And she is going home with two gold medals in her pocket", he said.

In a sport that's often decided by micro-fractions, Ledecka romped all the way through.

"We came here with the goal to medal in snowboarding".

The court said that she tested positive for the heart medication trimetazidine and admitted the offense, the fourth doping case to hit the Pyeongchang Olympics and second from Russian Federation. Shiffrin watched Ledecka's super-G run and knew she was seeing something special.

But perhaps it is her way of hiding from the glare of the spotlight which will now focus on her at full wattage. She's an incredible person, she's once-in-a-lifetime.

On Saturday at Phoenix Snow Park, the 22-year-old was indeed the best "snowboard girl", capturing gold in the snowboard parallel giant slalom, finishing almost two seconds better than any other competitor in the qualifiers before winning all four knockout rounds by 0.40 seconds or greater. When coaches counselled her to choose one or the other, she held her ground. "My plan is to stay with my heart so for now I think I'll continue to do both because I love both".

Ledecka seals stunning double, Norway sets medals mark