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Snowboarder claims Super-G gold medal with borrowed skis

Snowboarder claims Super-G gold medal with borrowed skis

Ledecka's upset from the 26th position (meaning she was the 26th person down the course) is an all-time Olympic story, especially because Ledecka has done this amidst becoming the first person to ever compete in the Olympics in snowboarding and ski events.

"I don't really know how it happened".

"I'm not fully healed, I really pushed it hard and there were some jumps and elements that I could not perform, but I forced myself to do so", said Hanyu, who damaged ankle ligaments in November.

The greatest female ski racer of all time, one of the favourites for the event, finished sixth in a magnificent race won by snowboard specialist Ester Ledecka.

The alpine skiing world is asking the same question after Ester Ledecka shocked everyone by winning the Winter Olympics super-G with a blistering run.

Ledecka, favourite in the snowboard parallel slalom in a week's time, clocked 1min 21.11sec down the polished 2km-long Jeongseon course to edge defending champion Anna Veith of Austria by one-hundredth of a second.

Just a couple of days later, however, Ledecka's performance in the super G would leave the athlete herself in a state of utter disbelief. "I guess four years ago, three years ago the whole team all dared to dream that this was possible and I just went with all them, together with me, on the run (and) we managed it".

Ledecka could win medals in two sports at the Pyeongchang Games. Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather followed, winning the bronze medal.

Marit Bjørgen, top, celebrates with Ingvild Flugstad Østberg after Norway won a cross-country relay.

"It's definitely shocking. In the Olympics a lot of weird things happen", said the 33-year-old.

Vonn, the first to start the race, saw her dreams of a podium finish dashed early on, with Italy's Johanna Schnarf (third to start), Switzerland's Gut (fifth to start) and Weirather (seventh to start) outperforming her. "After the first run I wasn't sure whether I was going to be able to finish the race because my chest infection was so bad I was struggling to breathe and I got here only with the help of my team. I have two more races left, so I hope those will go a little bit better". Her dominant sport is snowboarding.

Supporters of the president were outraged by her comments and some took to Twitter to state they were happy seeing Vonn fall during her event.

World champion Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn responded to trolls on Twitter who blasted her after she failed to medal during the women's Super-G in Pyeongchang.

She is due to race the downhill on Wednesday, and the Alpine Combined on Friday.

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