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Ledecka crowned in women's parallel giant slalom at Pyeongchang Olympics

01 March 2018, 07:30 | Clyde Nash

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Gold medallist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic celebrates during the victory ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Ladies Super-G at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 17, 2018.

A dream she has had since she was 5 years old was realized when she became the first woman to win a gold medal in two different sports at the Winter Games.

"(People) were reminding me, 'Yeah, you're a skier, you did a great success, '" she said.

"Today I proved it is possible", she said, "and I'm very happy that I have my team around me, which were very professional and supportive today, and all these years they're with me, so I'm very grateful for them".

Ledecka's pursuit of two golds, in the same Olympics, in both skiing and snowboarding might not be as mind-blowing as, say, a curler and cross-country skier pulling off a double.

Last Saturday, Ledecka shocked the world by winning her alpine ski race, the Super G, beating out sixth-place finisher Lindsey Vonn, among others.

She came into the Olympics top-ranked on the snowboarding circuit but never considered a threat, until now, in skiing. She didn't take off her goggles at the post-race press conference because, she said, she "wasn't prepared to be at the ceremony and I don't have makeup on".

Russian bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeyeva has been banned from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after failing a doping test, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Saturday. In an awe-inspiring moment, Ledecka hugged German runner-up Selina Joerg before dropping to her knees as the crowd at the Phoenix Snow Park showered her with a thunderous ovation.

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She had little trouble in the early stages, ranking first in the qualification round, which earned her first selection of lane's when heading to the knockout stages.

Standing 5-8 and a solid 150 pounds, Ledecka is that rare athlete who takes joy in the grind required to succeed, Reiter said.

A quarter-final victory over Daniela Ulbing was followed by a semi-final win against Hofmeister, who had pushed her all the way before stumbling. This was just the latest and greatest way she did so.

"I realized that was really inhibiting what we were doing in that the more I wanted her to find that medal, I really stifled what could be. If they want to do more, do more and try the best".

And as she won her second gold, BBC commentator Graham Bell summed up the star's ability.

But make no mistake, switching back and forth is not as easy as she made it look. "I thought this sport was hard". She would've been disappointed to leave these Games with super-G gold but no snowboard medal.

"It is great honour to be the first Korean medallist in snowboarding", Lee said. She had not worn makeup, preferring to keep her eyes shielded from the roomful of reporters and cameras.

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