Despite Saturday’s fall in the downhill, Ester Ledecká started the Super-G race in Crans Montana on Sunday and finished in 15th place. With a bandaged face, she showed a solid ride again, a mistake at the very end, when she almost left the track again, but deprived her of a position in the top ten. The winner was the Swiss Lara Gutová-Behrami.
Ledecká on Saturday in a narrower passage in the lower part of the track ended at more than a hundred kilometers in protective nets. She slit her lip, but left the piste on her skis. Nevertheless, she went to the hospital for an examination.
She eventually entered the super-giant slalom. “I decided a few minutes before the start, but I’ve had it in my head since yesterday. The whole team rode as normal. No one fell out of pace for a second,” Ledecká said in a media recording.
With the number 15, she didn’t have an ideal track at the top. Then she drove well in the middle, but on the last jump she flew more to the right, she just fit into the penultimate goal and after the finish she was seventh. “Unfortunately, they shortened our tour. We would definitely welcome everyone for the extra fifteen minutes before the super-G,” said Ledecká, in front of whom eight skiers got in the rest of the race.
“I am very satisfied,” coach Tomáš Bank told Czech Television. “It was nerves, we didn’t know until the last moment if he would go. In the end, Ester decided to go. The physiotherapist Michal Lešák did a very good job,” added the coach.
According to the Bank, the Olympic winner Ledecká did not feel like she was even starting. “She couldn’t really prick herself because her shoulder hurts, her right buttocks hurts and especially the sewn mouth in all the tremors. But she managed it,” Bank said.
The race started untraditionally. Of the first four starters, only one reached the finish line. The leading woman of the Slovak World Cup Petra Vlhová and the Swiss Wendy Holdener missed the goal and the Austrian Stephanie Venierová fell after a mistake.
In addition to the classification, the winner of both congresses in Crans Montana, Sofia Goggio, also found herself. The Italian attacked the second place, but missed the goal after the last jump.
In the evaluation of the super-giant slalom, Ledecká dropped from second to fifth place, and is still tenth overall. The order of the discipline is led by Gutová-Behramiová, led by Vlhová.