PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 17( Reuters) — Czech Ester Ledecka produced one of the most difficult collapses in the stories of the Wintertime Olympics when she tore down Jeongseon slope in bib multitude 26 to daze the pre-race favorites and win the women’s super-G on Saturday.
The 22 -year-old was ranked 43 rd in the World Cup reputations in Super-G and was thought to have a better occasion of golden in the snowboarding occasions she will too struggle in Pyeongchang, an extraordinary redoubling up.
Bib 26 was the starting position for a racer with merely the slimmest probability of getting near the podium and the top hopefuls clearly imagined the awards had been decided by skiers in the top 20 spots.
When Ledecka started her lead, Austrian Anna Veith was at the merits of the slope taking telephone calls and preparing to celebrate becoming first maiden to win back-to-back entitles in the Olympic super-G.
The Czech’s lope appeared at equality with her national position until halfway down the course but she carved up the merits of the run to clock one minute 21.11 seconds.
Ledecka could scarcely believe it herself when the green light indicated she had bumped Veith out of the gold medal place by one hundredth of a second to give our own countries its first Alpine skiing amber medal.
“I was pondering what just happened. Is this a kind of gaffe ?, ” she said.
”I was reckoning okay they’re going to change the time, I’m going to wait for a little bit and they’re going to substitution and give some seconds on.
“I was just staring at the board and nothing was happening everyone is was screaming. I only started to think okay, this is weird.”
Veith’s time of 1.21.12 was simply enough for silver-tongued, while Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather claimed bronze in 1:21.22 after she had earlier rimmed Swiss Lara Gut off the highest level of the timesheets by the slenderest of perimeters in a thrilling race.
“I thought I had golden, ” Veith mentioned. “For me it was a big astound that she could do this. At first I reckoned ’is this a mistake? But I want to congratulate her because she did a really good run.”
Despite a retard of an hour because of high winds, the race get underway under bright blue skies with a big crowd carried into the stands at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
American Lindsey Vonn used to go firstly but made a mistake before the final rush and skied into soft snowfall for a meter that was only good enough for sixth.
The 33 -year-old will have another chance to become the oldest female medallist in Olympic Alpine skiing in her favoured downhill on the same mountain next week.
While Vonn is the second most decorated woman on the Alpine World Cup route with 81 success, Ledecka has never even mercy the rostrum on the circuit while she separated her time with her snowboarding career.
World champion in the parallel giant slalom snowboarding and silver medallist at the last macrocosm championships in the parallel slalom, she could yet enjoy extraordinary medal success in the two separate snow sports.
“I was maybe the only snowboarder on locate, ” Ledecka articulated when asked how she had managed to go so fast.
“All the other girls didn’t peril a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to “il do my best” run.”