- Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecka won the ladies' Super-G event on Friday, beating out defending gold medalist Anna Veith of Austria by just .01 second.
- Ledecka is a snowboarder by trade and has only competed in Super-G for two years.
- She had never placed higher than 29th.
- Ledecka won the competition on skis borrowed from fellow gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, who skipped the event after repeated event cancellations forced her to embrace a tightened schedule.
Ledecka is primarily a snowboarder, and has only competed in Super-G for two years. Prior to the Olympics, she had never finished better than 29th in any event.
But on Friday, with Mikaela Shiffrin sitting out due her busy schedule in the wake of numerous weather postponements in the alpine skiing events, the Super-G field was wide open for the taking. Ledecka was ready to rise to the occasion — and even borrowed Shiffrin's skis to pull off the feat.
Ledecka, just 22 years old, absolutely crushed her run, finishing in just 1 minute, 21.11 seconds, holding off defending champion
You'd be shocked, too. #emo# ... @ NBC Olympics