Ester Ledecka shocks crowd, herself in gold medal Super-G run

Ester Ledecka froze as she crossed the finish line after her Super-G run in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Saturday.

The 22-year-old from the Czech Republic slowly looked around, seemingly in shock.

She didn’t realize what had happened.

Here’s the thing: Ledecka wasn’t supposed to medal. NBC didn’t expect it, which is why the network had already cut away from the Super G having declared Austria’s Anna Veith the winner even though the event wasn’t over. And Ledecka didn’t expect it, either. She’s a snowboarder first — she’ll compete there later in the Games.

But when her turn came, the 26th skier to start, she turned in the run of the Games, finishing with a time of 1:21.11 — .01 quicker than Veith, who wound up with the silver, not the gold.

Suddenly, Ledecka was in the lead … and she couldn’t believe it.

Photos from her victory: 

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Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women?s Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women?s Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women?s Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women?s Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. Picture taken with multiple exposure. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women?s Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women?s Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic lands a jump. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women?s Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. Picture taken with multiple exposure. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women?s Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic competes. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Anna Veith of Austria, Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic, and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein react during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Anna Veith of Austria, Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic, and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein react during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Anna Veith of Austria, Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic, and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein react during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women?s Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Gold medallist Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic, silver medallist Anna Veith of Austria and bronze medallist Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein celebrate during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women?s Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Silver medallist Anna Veith of Austria greets gold medallist Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Anna Veith of Austria, Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic, and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein react during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic reacts during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Anna Veith of Austria, Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic, and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein react during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic reacts during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Jeongseon Alpine Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic reacts during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Medals Ceremony - Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Medals Plaza - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Gold medalist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic on the podium. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Medals Ceremony - Alpine Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Super-G - Medals Plaza - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Gold medalist Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic on the podium. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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And to make the story even better, NBC reported that Ledecka used American skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s skis in the event. Shiffrin pulled out of the event due to scheduling conflicts after it was postponed due to wind.

NBC left coverage of the Super G to show Adam Rippon’s free skate live.

NBC awarded Ledecka the gold medal later — though while competition was still going on, it worked out for them this time.

Ledecka quickly garnered support from all across social media, most notably from United State’s Olympic swimmer Kadie Ledecky.

Ledecka will compete in the snowboard giant slalom next week in PyeongChang, becoming the first person in history to compete in both skiing and snowboarding in the same games.

Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather won the bronze in the event with a time of 1:21.22. American Lindsey Vonn, who slipped in the final stretch of her run, tied for sixth with a time of 1:21.48.

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