The Czech Republic has won its first gold medal in the Winter Olympics and
its fifth overall.
Czech world champion snowboarder, Ester Ledecká, delivered one of the biggest surprises in Winter Olympics history on Saturday, winning the women’s super-G by the slimmest of margins.
Ledecká, who is the first ever athlete to compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics, finished with a winning time of 1min 21.12sec to snatch the gold from the the two-time overall World Cup Anna Veith by one-hundredth of a second.
The 22-year-old Czech, who was racing out of the 26th position on skis borrowed from American star Mikaela Shiffrin, had never before finished on podium in an alpine event.
Around 50 members of the 93-member Czech team took part in the opening
ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday.
During the spectacular opening the Czech flag was carried by Eva Samková
and the snowboard cross star is one of two Czech competitors hoping to
defend their Olympic titles from the last Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in
The Czech team at the curtain-raiser were all wearing what have been dubbed Raškovka hats. In the Czech national colours of red, white and blue, they resemble the wool hat in which Jiří Raška won his first gold in ski jumping at the Olympics in Grenoble in 1968.
The Czech House at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea was
officially opened on Friday, the first day of the Games. The venue will
host athletes, fans and international visitors for the duration of the
Olympics, which conclude on February 25.
Among the guests at the ceremonial opening were the president of the Czech Olympic Committee, Jiří Kejval, the speaker of the Senate, Milan Štěch, the Czech ambassador to South Korea, Tomáš Husák, and the president of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska.
Ninety-three Czech athletes are taking part in Pyeongchang. The Czech team picked up eight medals, including two gold, at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The Czech flag at Friday’s opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will be carried by snowboarder Eva Samková, who took home gold four years ago and is again among the country’s top medal hopefuls. But there are a number of other Czechs competitors well worth looking out for in South Korea.
Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecká ended her winning series in the giant
parallel slalom in Bulgaria’s Bansko on Sunday.
Ledecká, a Czech favourite for medals at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea, ended in the quarter finals of the World Cup event.
She had previously won seven previous world cup competitions and has been on the winning podium in competitions since February 2015.
Ledecká was placed fifth in the competition but still heads the series on points.
Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecká has won her fourth World Cup event in the
giant parallel competition this season.
She triumphed in the final of the event in Bansko, Bulgaria, against Germany’s Selina Jőrg.
The win confirm’s Ledecká’s current form and the fact that she has been tipped as one of the Czechs’ biggest medal hopes at the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
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