Ester Ledecka Wins First World Cup Race in Lake Louise


After two top 10 finishes in training earlier this week, Ester Ledecka finally locked in her line to overcome snowy, bumpy course conditions and win her first-ever World Cup. In 2018, the Czech snowboarder turned alpine ski racer surprised the field when she won super-G gold in PyeongChang. Since then she’s been trying to find the same speed in a World Cup race. Today in Lake Louise, she was finally successful, beating out Switzerland’s Corinne Suter by 0.35 seconds.After becoming the first athlete to win two Olympic gold medals in snowboard and alpine, now she also became the first one to win both a World Cup alpine and snowboard event. "Going to wear the red bib it's freaky, and I hope to continue like that in the next races", says Ester "I've not decided yet if I'll race in St.Moritz or Cortina D'Ampezzo and I'll probably decide it the week before. This is what I usually do, and this drives my coaches crazy!" Corinne Suter was already looking forward to her first World Cup victory, but she had to settle with a second-place which is the third career World Cup podium for the Swiss ski star.

The Austrian team cannot be missing on the podium, this time with Stephanie Venier (AUT). She finished third in front of her teammate Nina Ortlieb who ties fourth place with Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) conquering her career-best result.