01 March, 2018
Team USA got its ninth gold on the penultimate day of the Games as the men's curling team won over Sweden in the final while Norway's bronze medal in the Alpine skiing team event helped the country reach a record 38 medals at a single Winter Olympics. "A lot of people were telling me that it is not possible to do both sports and to be on a high level in both sports and today I proved it is possible", she said.
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.
Ledecka who started her quest for gold, racing from 26th place in the super-G, stunned the crowd crowd to win by 0.01 seconds.
Despite selecting the favourtable red course, Ledecká didn't have the best start to her final run, and was behind Joerg at the first time split. Ester Ledecka's snowboard coach Justin Reiter says that her success has come from her ability to restrain herself.
"My plan is to stay with my heart, so for now, I think I will do both because I love both and I love to do this", she added.
It will be remembered as one of the great moments in Olympic history.
In her sports, where hundredths of seconds matter, distraction is the enemy, but Ledecka said racing came naturally after competing since childhood.
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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.
"There are the greatest athletes in the world here", she said in the interview area by the slope. "I was here many days, I'm really looking forward to getting home", she said.
"We did the best that we could to try to shelter her from you guys picking her bones clean".
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.
For Joerg, the silver medal could be regarded as a long-awaited redemption after she narrowly missed out on a medal in Vancouver eight years ago.
"When she comes back from snowboarding she always goes too round and when she comes back from skiing she always goes too straight so it's always back and forth with the line". Everyone was screaming. I thought, "OK, now it's weird".
"Yeah, you'll have to get used to it", she said with a laugh. She said she did not feel good with her snowboarding here until the day before competition. When she looked up at the scoreboard and saw the time, she froze.