After completing a phenomenal upset in the Women’s Super-G, Czechia’s Ester Ledecká made history after winning gold in the Women’s Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom. With golds in skiing and snowboarding events, she becomes the first woman to win a gold medal in two different unrelated disciplines at the Winter Games, and the sixth Olympian to ever achieve this feat. Her victory has set a new standard in the meaning of an Olympian, where diverse skillsets in different sports can just be as valuable as specialising in one sport. The last time a woman has come close to her accomplishments was Anfisa Reztsova of the Soviet Union, who won cross country gold at the 1988 Games and biathlon gold at the 1994 Games.
This was an incredible performance that might not be seen again this generation. As The Washington Post argues, Ledecká may be the greatest Olympian of all-time.
In the same event, Germany’s Selina Jörg and Ramona Theresia Holmeister won silver and bronze respectively.
After upsetting Canada in the semifinals, the American Men’s Curling Team won their first ever gold medal after defeating Sweden 10–7 in the final match.
Canada’s Sebastien Toutant won gold in the inaugural Men’s Snowboarding Big Air event.
Above Photo: Ester Ledecká fist pumps after winning the final leg of the Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom. (Chang W. Lee, The New York Times)