Reigning FIS Snowboard parallel slalom World Champion, Ester Ledecka (CZE) has her sights set on representing her country at the upcoming FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz (SUI).
The current alpine snowboard overall World Cup leader made her first Alpine Skiing appearance last winter at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup races in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER). This season, she finished 13th in downhill and 19th in super-G there, an accomplishment which is unprecedented in the snow sports world.
“With me, you never know. I'm a bit crazy”, she smiled during an interview
Fresh off her eighth career victory at the recent FIS Snowboard World Cup in Rogla (SLO), she is heading to St. Moritz to compete in the speed events. The 21-year-old will skip the upcoming FIS Snowboard World Cup competitions in Bansko (SLO) to fully concentrate on the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
“You always have to think about the schedules, about what to do next. Like, how many days do I need to switch from one sport to the other. But as I have been doing this since I have been a little kid, I'm used to it and can switch quickly.“
In Snowboarding, Ledecka has landed on the podium 13 times in 31 World Cup starts. Eight of these were victories. Besides, she captured the crystal globes for the parallel giant slalom World Cup and the overall parallel World Cup last season.
In Alpine Skiing, she has competed in twelve FIS World Cup speed events and collected an impressive number of FIS World Cup points already as she landed in the top 30 nine times. Her best career result was the 13th place in downhill ten days ago. She currently remains the only athlete to compete on both the FIS Snowboard and Alpine Ski World Cup tours.
Ledecka's initial goal is to compete in both disciplines at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang (KOR).
“We will see if I get nominated for both disciplines. If so, I have to go through all the planning with my coaches. I don't want to spend too much energy on things which are not important. I want to focus on the races and bring home the best possible results.”
And who knows, with her incredible talent for both disciplines, she might be able to fulfil a childhood dream:
“To be honest, it was always my biggest dream to win medals in both disciplines. But I will take it step by step, do my best and train as much as I can.”