Winter Olympics: Ester Ledecka wins second gold medal in Pyeongchang

Ester Ledecka celebrates her remarkable win

Not Ledecka. She trains in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with former US Olympic snowboarder Justin Reiter.

The first time, after her shock win in women's Alpine Super-G on skis, she said she had not had a chance to put on make-up and had not... The Czech star is top-ranked on the snowboarding circuit but never a threat until now in skiing.

Switzerland beat Austria to win gold in the Olympic debut of Alpine team skiing.

"For sure (there are two personalities) and today is a big day for snowboard Ester", she said with a grin. It is a tough schedule but one she intends to continue with.

The Czech speed racer did what was considered impossible a mere week ago.

Ester Ledecka made history at the Winter Olympics by winning gold Saturday in the snowboard ladies' parallel giant slalom in Pyeongchang.

The 22-year-old athlete paid tribute to her team and family for giving her the support she needed to succeed at the highest levels in both sports.

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The latest offender, women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeyeva, has been kicked out of the Games after failing a test for a banned heart drug, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said. "If you want to choose just one, choose one. A lot of people were telling me that it is not possible to get to the top in both and obviously it is not easy", she told a small group of reporters. This time, however, she has different plans.

This was no miracle on snow, a la her.01-second victory in the super-G that left her stone-faced and unbelieving at the bottom of the hill, wondering if there had been some kind of mistake.

When Ester took to the slopes as a child, starting on skis and then strapping on a snowboard, her father Janek Ledecky - Czechs sometimes vary the last vowel of their family name depending on gender - recalled that he and his wife "were not pushy parents".

"In the skiing I really didn't believe what happened", replied Ledecka when asked which of her two gold medals was more special.

In PGS, the real action occurs over four elimination rounds - one-on-one racing in which the winners advance.

The 22-year-old world champion became the first woman to capture gold medals in different sports at the same Winter Games after beating German Selina Joerg by nearly half a second in Pyeongchang.

She avoided all the typical pratfalls that can come while racing on snow, including, believe it or not, squirrels - one of which skittered in front of Austria's Daniella Ubling and almost lost its tail.

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