Ester Ledecka Makes History With Golds In Snowboarding And Skiing

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With a gold medal in the snowboard parallel giant slalom, Ester Ledecká has become the first woman in Winter Olympics history to win a gold medal in two different sports at the same Olympic Games.

On Saturday she emerged victorious in the final run against Germany’s Selina Joerg, finishing just 0.46 seconds ahead. Joerg took silver in the event, followed by Ramona Theresia Hofmeister, also of Germany, who took bronze.

A week earlier, Ledecká surprised spectators and herself by taking a gold medal — in skiing. Ledecká finished first in the women’s super-G in Alpine skiing, finishing several spots ahead of the decorated American skier Lindsey Vonn.

Ledecka is the third athlete to win gold in two events in the same Winter Games. The last time it happened was in 1928, with Johan Grøttumsbråten taking gold in the Nordic combined and cross-country skiing. Four years earlier, Thorleif Haug achieved the same thing, the company says.

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