Ledecka stuns Alpine skiing women's super-G in Pyeongchang

Marcel Hirscher

Marcel Hirscher

The World Champion snowboarder finished with a winning time of 1 min 21.12 sec and beat Anna Veith from Austra by one-hundredth of a second.

American Lindsey Vonn also struggled this morning, and failed to medal in her first Olympic event in Pyeongchang.

"I don't see this as a negative", she said of Saturday's loss.

On Friday night, Vonn said on her Twitter account: "I will give it everything I have with no regrets". "I left it all on the hill, which I knew I would. I made a mistake at the bottom, but that's what happens in super-G's". "It's an Olympic medal and after my [2015 knee] injury, I'm so happy that I'm in this situation, that I can ski fast", she said.

Moments after 22-year-old's unlikely triumph, the origin of her skis remained unclear with Ledecka telling a post-race news conference: "I hope these are mine".

Veith had looked set to become the first woman to defend an Olympic super-G title until Ledeka's sensational run, clocked at one minute 21.11 seconds. Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather took bronze, finishing 0.11 seconds off the lead.

Ledecka is trying to convince her coaches to allow her to compete in the downhill on Wednesday, before she returns to snowboarding for Thursday's qualifying in the parallel giant slalom.

Vonn has taken additional motivation from the death of her beloved grandfather, Don Kildow, in November.

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She finished tied for sixth place, and says her focus is now on the downhill.

In her most recent super-G run, in Austria in January, the Czech came 24th. "Unfortunately, I got a headwind in the middle section, but I attacked".

"I am so surprised about all of it", Ledecka said.

She will have another opportunity to earn a medal in the downhill event, later in the Games.

Olympic gold medalist and former U.S. soccer player Julie Foudy was shocked by some of the tweets she saw. That's ski racing and that's why it's so hard to win at the Olympics because literally anything can happen'. "She wanted to come down here and be the first person ever to ski and snowboard race". She would love to pad her Olympic record, though, standing as it does at only two medals.

But Ledecka, racing out of the 26th position on skis borrowed from American star Mikaela Shiffrin, completed a career-best run to snatch the gold from the the two-time overall World Cup champion.

"We had wind in the practice and for my final run I was so relaxed because I knew what the speed was and usually if I know the speed I know the tricks".

Julie Foudy, the former captain of the US women's national soccer team, noticed the tweets online and called out the social media users for criticizing the skier due to her political opinions.

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