Ledecká wins second gold at Olympics

As of 2/22/18 8pm ET

A week before, Ledecka shocked the world by claiming gold in skiing [VIDEO].

In speed skating, Nana Takagi of Japan made history by becoming the first athlete to win the newest event of mass start, in the women's division, while in the men's mass start, the 2016 world champion Lee Seung-Hoon of South Korea triumphed with a steady pace.

There should be no doubt that what was witnessed on the Pyeongchang snow was a once-in-a-lifetime feat.

"I don't feel like that but it sounds good, for sure", said Ledecka after her stunning win. She is certainly an extraordinary talent. She treated herself to fried chicken after her upset win.

"There are the greatest athletes in the world here", she told reporters.

Two other athletes have won multi-sport gold medals at the Winter Olympics - Finland's Heikki Hasu won the Nordic combined title in 1948 and cross country four years later, while Russian Anfisa Reztsova took cross-country gold in 1988 and biathlon titles in 1992 and 1994.

So unprepared was she for skiing success that this daughter of a famous Czech musician turned up to her press conference wearing goggles because, in her own words, "I don't have any make up on". "I enjoyed every run and I'm very happy to be here and stand on the highest place on the podium". But performing and practicing with exuberance is paramount.

Reiter reinforced this message.

Alternating her workouts, she advanced far enough to join snowboarding's World Cup circuit in 2012 and then jump on the ski circuit in early 2016. "My plan is to stay with my heart, so for now I think I will do both because I love both", she said. She has proved the doubters wrong.

"We came here with the goal to medal in snowboarding".

Previous coaches had also struggled with the Czech's determination to double up, but this year Reiter changed his approach and chose to "put fuel in each of the fires".

"I've always been saying, 'If you're not first, you're last...'" "This is something that happens in storybooks".

At Yongpyong Alpine Center, Ledecka had the fastest qualifying time in the women's parallel giant slalom.

But a second gold was not a matter of routine.

Ledecka's road to Pyeongchang contained no forks, just parallel tracks.

Nobody could touch Ester Ledecka on this slope.

"I'm really looking forward to get to Europe for different cooking because it's been quite a long time here". "Don't tell my coaches", she reportedly said.

"It was a big burden over the last week", she said.

"She knew what she wanted to do, and she conserved her energy well. 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.

There was only a brief moment of worry on the Czech's historic day. Norway claimed bronze in the team event - taking their tally to a record 38.

The difficulty of excelling in both skiing and snowboarding should not be underestimated.

She spoke of the jaw-dropping lines that Ledecka carves on Alpine courses, a knack that Ledecka's snowboarding coach, Reiter, attributes to her experience maneuvering on a snowboard, which, because it has no steadying or stabilizing poles, requires seeing a mountain in a more imaginative way.

"Today was a big day for snowboard Ester!".

Life will never be the same for Ledecka.

Gold medalist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic is flanked by silver medalist Anna Veith of Austria, left, and bronze medalist Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein after the ladies' super-G event in Jeongseon, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 17, 2018. Her time on the faster of the two courses, 43.32 seconds, would've beaten seven of the men - almost one fourth of the field - over the same track. She was focused on her goal.



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