Watch Ester Ledecka make history, win gold medals in two different sports

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"I enjoyed every run and I'm very happy to be here and stand on the highest place".

That's when the world knew: This woman wasn't your ordinary Olympian.

This was no miracle on snow, a la her.01-second victory in the super-G that left her stone-faced and unbelieving at the bottom of the hill, wondering if there had been some kind of mistake.

Ledecka revealed that it felt unusual to go back-and-forth between the snowboard and skis.

"For sure (there are two personalities) and today is a big day for snowboard Ester", she said with a grin. "I think the world is looking to Ester now". It was clearly something she perfected in Pyeongchang. She is certainly an extraordinary talent.

She says she has no desire to race the men - something Vonn has pointed toward over the past several months.

"Oh, no, it's impossible, " said Ledecka's snowboard coach, Justin Reiter.

To view Ledecka as an outlier might be justified - many elite athletes carry themselves more solemnly - but to dismiss her as a novelty would be wrong. Meanwhile, it was a disappointing night for France's Martin Fourcade, who failed in his quest to win a fourth gold medal at the Pyeongchang Games after France finished fifth.

Ledecka had the immediate challenge of facing 2014 Olympic champion Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland, but she proved no match as the Czech crossed the line 0.71 seconds in front. It's the other way.

Twice on Friday she crashed in training.

As Ledecka grew up, coaches kept insisting that no one could excel at both sports, that she would have to choose.

However, she only started on the skiing circuit in 2016.

"If she chose to just absorb all the energy from the super-G medal and kind of check off the Olympic medal, we'd be having a different conversation today", he said. There's a reason there's no one doing it at this level.

On a snowboard and skis, Ester Ledecka is a history-making Olympic gold medalist.

"In the skiing I really didn't believe what happened", said Ledecka, asked which gold medal tasted sweeter. "She's a really, really incredible human being".

Standing 5-8 and a solid 150 pounds, Ledecka is that rare athlete who takes joy in the grind required to succeed, Reiter said. Her reason for doing so was just as it was seven days ago: she did not have time to put on make-up. In snowboarding, things are more rounded out.

"Do whatever you want", she said.

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