Ester Ledecka exclusive: “Inside I still feel like half snowboarder and half skier”
After making history in South Korea four years ago, when she won gold in both alpine and snowbording, the multi-talented Czech will have a go again in two sports at Beijing 2022: “I can still do a triple or even a quadruple!”
Alpine skier or snowboarder? Two-time Olympic champion Ester Ledecka still considers herself a ‘double threat’.
“Inside, I still feel like I am half snowboarder and half skier,” she shared with us at an Atomic media event before the start of the 2021/22 season.
Four years ago, in PyeongChang, the Czech multi-talented star made history by becoming the first woman to win gold medals in two different sports at a Winter Games.
As an almost unknown underdog, she first beat all the alpine speed specialists in the Olympic Super G; then as an overwhelming favourite, she took the snowboard parallel giant slalom title seven days later.
At Beijing 2022, Ester is aiming to compete in both disciplines again, but this time the snowboarding event is scheduled earlier on 8 February, just three days ahead of her first ski race on 11 Februar which would be the Super G, where she’s defending champion.