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Ester Ledecka

Ester Ledecka
Snowboarding CZE

Ester Ledecka

Ester Ledecka
  • Birth date 3/23/1995
  • Birthplace Prague
  • Height/Weight 5'8"/ 149 lbs
  • Olympics 2014

Biography

Many Olympic snowboarders started off on skis before ultimately switching to snowboarding. That holds true with Ester Ledecka, except for one thing — instead of committing herself to just snowboarding, she decided to continue doing both sports. And although Alpine snowboarding is her specialty, she has participated in Alpine skiing events at the World Cup level and dreams of becoming a dual-sport Olympian. (In PyeongChang, she is set to become the first athlete to compete in both snowboarding and skiing at the Olympics.)

Ledecka didn't make the Czech Republic's alpine ski team for the Sochi Games, but the double junior world champion was on the roster for alpine snowboarding, in which she was among the medal favorites and in the midst of a strong World Cup season. One of the youngest racers in the Alpine snowboarding field at the time, she finished seventh in parallel giant slalom (PGS) in sixth in parallel slalom (PSL) in Sochi.

Since Sochi, Ledecka has won world titles in 2015 (for PSL) and 2017 (for PGS). The multilingual Czech also earned a silver medal at the 2017 Worlds for PSL. On the World Cup circuit, she enters PyeongChang as the back-to-back Crystal Globe winner for the overall Alpine snowboarding title, and also holds a PGS World Cup title from 2016.

Should she land on the podium in PyeongChang, Ledecka wouldn't be the first member of her family to win an Olympic medal. Her grandfather, Jan Klapac, formerly played ice hockey for Czechoslovakia and earned a bronze medal and a silver medal at the 1964 and 1968 Games, respectively.

At the PyeongChang Olympics, Ledecka shocked the world by not only making the Czech Olympic team for Alpine skiing, but also winning gold in super-G in a race that had been assumed to already be over.
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Getting to know Ester Ledecka

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7th place, 2014 Olympic PGS

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2-time Alpine snowboarding World Cup overall champion (2016, 2017)

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2-time world champion (PGS 2017, PSL 2015)

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