PyeongChang 2018There are several reasons why Ester Ledecka's shock win in the women's super-G at PyeongChang 2018 on Saturday 17 February was one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.
Even better may be this: Is she now a snowboarder or an Alpine skier? As a world champion in snowboarding, Ledecka was considered an underdog for the Super-G event, as she only began competitively racing in alpine skiing two years ago as a means of challenging herself.
She juggling a complicated competition schedule this season, shuffling between snowboard and ski events, to become the first athlete to compete in both sports at an Olympics.
Ledecka proved to be pretty adept at her other sport, too. All the girls are just specialists and there was a lot of pressure on them.
"I am so surprised about all of it".
"Until today", Ledecka said, "I thought I was a better snowboarder".
When asked for her reaction after seeing her name flash on top of the leaderboard, Ledecka said she thought, "This must be some mistake, that they're going to switch the time for some others".
Vonn did make up for some of that by being fastest of everyone over the next quarter of the course, before the final error effectively eliminated any realistic chance at a medal. A few days before her first she posted on Instagram to let fans know that she was excited to compete and got some training in, "Happy but getting antsy!"
"But I think I will change to snowboard now".
"It's definitely shocking. I wish I had so much athleticism as she has and hop from sport to sport", Vonn said of Ledecka.
PyeongChang 2018 says it has sold over 991,000 tickets so far, exceeding its goal for the 2018 Olympics.
Ledecka was just as stunned as everyone else when she crossed the line in first. Sarah Hefflin won a gold Matilda Gremo received "silver", "bronze" went to the British Isabel Atkin.
She then started skiing at the age of 4 before switching to freestyle snowboarding and eventually Alpine snowboarding and is now back to skis.
Izzy Atkin had earned a bronze earlier on Saturday, in the women's freestyle skiing slopestyle, meaning Britain was able to celebrate an unprecedented three medals on the day, their best return in history. She holds the women's record for the most world cup wins and is five shy of tying Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark with 86.
"I gave it everything I had". "This time I have a more important mission; win for my late Grandpa".
Veith had looked set to become the first woman to defend an Olympic super-G title until Ledeka's sensational run, clocked at one minute 21.11 seconds.
Vonn, who missed the Sochi Olympics while recovering from a knee injury, won a gold in downhill and bronze in super-G at the 2010 Olympics.