Ester Ledecka makes history with her second gold medal

"A lot of people were telling me that it is not possible to do both sports and to be on a high level in both sports and today I proved it is possible", she said.

Asked which of her medals gave her the greatest satisfaction the 22-year-old Ledecka said, without the slightest hesitation: "The best satisfaction is really that I could be here on both and win both". She had the fastest qualifying time; she won three of her races by.71, .97 and, in the final, by.46 seconds, while the fourth was decided when her opponent slid off the course.

Ledecka said her biggest goal coming to South Korea had been simply to race in both Alpine skiing and snowboarding and that the two gold medals were a "huge bonus" that she thought would perhaps come later in her career.

"I wanted to win a gold medal over this distance and it has been a long four years", said the Sochi 2014 team sprint gold medallist.

In her sports, where hundredths of seconds matter, distraction is the enemy, but Ledecka said racing came naturally after competing since childhood. "As staff we do the best job that we can to find confidence and belief, but her job is to be the best and she does it very very well". "It's another great race". I just feel good in my bubble.

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It was the third bronze for Canada to go with nine gold medals for the country that created hockey, not that the Canadians seemed to mind much when the buzzer sounded. "The super-G, she loves it and it's fantastic, but she came here with a goal and she's very, very focused on our goal". I'm like, "Whoa, so nice".

"I've always been saying, 'If you're not first, you're last...'"

The Russians, seeking their first hockey gold since 1992, blanked the Czech Republic 3-0 to reach Sunday's championship contest, but were overshadowed by an unlkikely German league all-star squad that collected their nation's greatest ever hockey victory. She's the first cross-country skier to carry the USA flag into an Olympic ceremony since Bill Koch did the honors at Albertville's opening in 1992. "Just with her and her resilience to say, 'No, I want to do what I want to do.' That's kind of her motto".

No one will argue with that decision now. Her dad, Janek Ledecky, is a Czech pop music star who wrote a musical version of "Hamlet" that was a hit in both the Czech Republic and, ironically enough, South Korea (it also appeared off-Broadway in 2004).

And while the super-G victory was unexpected, the romp to PGS glory never seemed in doubt. Her reason for doing so was just as it was seven days ago: she did not have time to put on make-up. During her super-G run, Ledecka was shocked at her end time and expected it to change but it did not. "So no eating today".

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