Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic celebrates winning gold in the Ladies' Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Big Final on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 24
Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka secured a historic skiing-snowboard double after taking gold ahead of Germany’s Selina Joerg in the ladies’ parallel giant slalom (PGS), one week on from claiming a shock win in the super-G.
The 22-year-old arrived in Pyeongchang looking to become the first athlete to compete in both snowboarding and alpine skiing, but she ultimately left an unprecedented double champion.
The most unforeseen of feats makes her only the fifth person in Winter Olympic history to claim golds in two separate events, and the first to win in two unrelated sports - with the previous four all competing in Nordic events.
And while the super-G victory was unexpected, the romp to PGS glory never seemed in doubt. Having gone a second quicker than any competitor during qualification, Ledecka comfortably won each knockout race before beating Joerg by almost half-a-second in the big final.
Meanwhile, Ramona Hofmeister of Germany claimed bronze when beating OAR’s Alena Zavarzina in the small final.