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Ester Ledecká

Ester Ledecká Czech snowboarder

Czech snowboarder
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Czech snowboarder
Is Athlete Snowboarder
From Czech Republic
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 23 March 1995, Prague, Duchy of Bohemia
Age: 25 years
Star sign AriesAries
Family
Mother: Zuzana Ledecká
Father: Janek Ledecký
Siblings: Jonáš Ledecký
The details
Biography

Ester Ledecká (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɛstɛr ˈlɛdɛtskaː], born 23 March 1995) is a Czech snowboarder and alpine skier. She is the first Czech to win the parallel giant slalom in snowboarding at the FIS Snowboard World Cup.

Biography

Ledecká was born in Prague, to mother Zuzana, a figure skater and father Janek, a well-known singer in the Czech Republic. She comes from a sporting family: her grandfather is former ice hockey player and two-time Olympic medallist Jan Klapáč. In 2014, she was still at high school, attending a distance-learning programme in Prague. Ice hockey was the first sport she took up as a child, before taking up skiing at the age of four and later switching to snowboarding. Her hobbies include playing the guitar and singing. She also enjoys participating in summer sports such as beach volleyball and windsurfing.

Career

She competed in her first World Cup tournament in 2012–13 competition, finishing in 13th place in the parallel giant slalom event.

In March 2013 at the age of 17, Ledecká won gold in the parallel slalom event at the Junior World Championships, her second gold of the competition.

She was named "Junior Sportsperson of the year" at the Czech Republic's 2013 Sportsperson of the Year awards.

During the 2013–14 FIS Snowboard World Cup, she placed second behind Patrizia Kummer in the first parallel slalom event in Bad Gastein and third in the second event. She subsequently won gold at Rogla in the parallel giant slalom event at the same competition, becoming the first Czech to do so. In doing so, she also became just the third Czech to win any World Cup snowboarding event.

Ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, The Daily Telegraph's Andrew Lawton mentioned Ledecká as the "one to watch" in the women's snowboarding competition. She was among the Czech athletes most expected to win a medal at the games, along with Martina Sáblíková, Gabriela Soukalová and fellow snowboarder Eva Samková. After Ledecka had finished ninth in qualifying for the Alpine skiing event at the Winter Olympics, the Czech Ski Association attempted to register her as a competitor, however the FIS rejected the proposal, reiterating that only eight Czechs could compete.

Ledecká made her Olympic debut on 19 February 2014 in the parallel giant slalom snowboarding event. She reached the quarter final stage before being eliminated by Patrizia Kummer, who went on to win the goal medal in the event. Ledecká was classified as seventh overall.

Ledecká has combined her snowboarding career with competing in alpine skiing: she made her debut on the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in February 2016, finishing 24th in her first race, the Kandahar downhill in Garmisch. She went on to score points in four of her first five World Cup races, competing in the downhill and Super-G disciplines. She has stated that she hopes to compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

World Cup results

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).

Season titles

  • 3 titles – (2 parallel overall, 1 parallel giant slalom)
 Season  Discipline
2016 Parallel Overall
Parallel Giant Slalom
2017 Parallel Overall

Season standings

 Season   Age  Parallel
Overall
Parallel
Slalom
Parallel
Giant Slalom
2013 17 15 16 15
2014 18 2 2 3
2015 19 3 8 2
2016 20 1 5 1
2017 21 1 2 3

Race podiums

  • 9 wins – (7 PGS, 2 PSL)
  • 15 podiums – (9 PGS, 6 PSL)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
2013–14 10 January 2014 Austria Bad Gastein, Austria Parallel Slalom 2nd
12 January 2014 Parallel Slalom 3rd
18 January 2014 Slovenia Rogla, Slovenia  Parallel Giant Slalom  1st
2014–15 9 January 2015 Austria Bad Gastein, Austria Parallel Slalom 1st
7 February 2015 Germany Sudelfeld, Germany Parallel Giant Slalom 1st
28 February 2015 Japan Asahikawa, Japan Parallel Giant Slalom 3rd
2015–16 12 December 2015 Italy Carezza, Italy Parallel Giant Slalom 1st
23 January 2016 Slovenia Rogla, Slovenia Parallel Giant Slalom 1st
30 January 2016 Russia Moscow, Russia Parallel Slalom 3rd
27 February 2016 Turkey Kayseri, Turkey Parallel Giant Slalom 1st
2016–17 15 December 2016 Italy Carezza, Italy Parallel Giant Slalom 2nd
17 December 2016 Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Parallel Slalom 1st
28 January 2017 Slovenia Rogla, Slovenia Parallel Giant Slalom 1st
5 March 2017 Turkey Kayseri, Turkey Parallel Giant Slalom 1st
18 March 2017 Germany Winterberg, Germany Parallel Slalom 2nd

Olympic results Olympic rings with white rims.svg

  Year    Age  Parallel
 Slalom 
Parallel
Giant Slalom
Russia 2014 Sochi 18 6 7

World Championships results

Snowboarding

  • 3 medals – (2 gold, 1 silver)
Year  Age  Parallel
 Slalom 
Parallel
Giant Slalom
Spain 2011 La Molina 15 40 33
Canada 2013 Stoneham 17 17 16
Austria 2015 Kreischberg 19 1 5
Spain 2017 Sierra Nevada 21 2 1

Alpine Skiing

Year  Age  Downhill Super-G Giant Slalom Slalom Combined
 Switzerland  2017 St. Moritz 21 21 29 37 20

Notes and references

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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