Last year, Lindsey Vonn said it would be “super great” if skiers and snowboarders could ride separate mountains. Her exact quote was: “I do like snowboarders but it would be super great if there could be a little separation.”
The blowback from the snowboarding world was nasty and although we’ve been rooting for Lindsey from day 1– her recent Super-G loss to a snowboarder is proof positive of karma.
Ester Ledecka, an Olympian from the Czech Republic who is known more for her snowboarding world championships than her ski racing accolades, surprised the ski world on Saturday as she took gold with Vonn sitting off-the-podium with a 6th place finish.
Ledecka’s obvious athleticism shined through, a fact that’s even more surprising knowing that she raced on someone else’s skis. That ski benefactor just so happened to be Mikaela Shiffrin.
Vonn said although she wish she’d finished with a medal, she wasn’t disappointed noting her Ledecka’s incredible versatility. “I wish I had as much athleticism as she has that I could just hop from sport to sport and just, like, win everything. But unfortunately, I’m only good at ski racing – and she still beat me.” Ester Ledecka will compete next in the snowboarding parallel giant slalom on Thursday.
Find the entire USA Today recap here: No one expected Ester Ledecka to win the Super-G. Not even her