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Czech Snowboarder Borrows Mikaela Shiffrin's Skis, Somehow Wins Super-G Gold

Weather postponements led American ski star Mikaela Shiffrin to skip today’s Super-G competition, leaving the event reigning champion Anna Veith’s to win. And Veith had an easy lead after Lindsey Vonn, among others, faltered. Then arrived Czech Ester Ledecka, a world champion snowboarder who borrowed Shiffrin’s skis for the event—one she’s only been competing in for two years, and in which she’d never finished better than 29th. (She’s our pick to win gold in snowboarding parallel giant slalom.)

She won, beating Veith by one one-hundredth of a second. That’s her above, looking around in shock after realizing what she’d done.


Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather took bronze. Vonn finished tied for sixth. SPORTS!

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