Winter Olympics 2018: Ledecka win 'definitely shocking', says Vonn
Lindsey Vonn described Ester Ledecka's remarkable super-G triumph in the Winter Olympics as "definitely shocking" after the snowboarding world champion stunned a star-studded field on Saturday.
Ledecka - not considered a medal contender prior to the race - pipped defending champion Anna Veith by one hundredth of a second to claim gold in Pyeongchang, a sensational feat given the 22-year-old from the Czech Republic has never made the podium in an FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup event.
Vonn had to settle for sixth on her return to Olympic action, although the American will have further chances to claim gold in the downhil and alpine combined disciplines.
Asked if she was surprised by Ledecka's success, Vonn said: "Yeah. She beat me in a training run in Lake Louise and that was surprising, but that was in a training run. This was the Olympics.
"It's definitely shocking. I wish I had as much athleticism as she has that I could just hop from sport to sport and just, like, win everything. But unfortunately, I'm only good at ski racing - and she still beat me.
"I feel like in the Olympics, a lot of weird things happen and it's not that they [the winners] don't deserve it, it's just different.
"There's a different atmosphere, more pressure on the favourites, more people can jump in there who might not have been there before."
Frustrating to be so close to the podium and to have made such a big mistake...but that's ski racing. I'm proud of the way I skied and how I attacked the course. I gave it my all and came up short. That's life. Now it's on to the Downhill!-- lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 17, 2018
Vonn - absent from Sochi 2014 due to injury - was left to rue a late error on her own run, which ended her hopes of claiming a medal.
"[It was] really good ... really good ... really good ... baaaaad," she said of her performance.
"Honestly, it was great except for one gate on the whole course. But I'm really happy with the way I skied. I attacked, gave it everything I had, but unfortunately I made a mistake."
The 33-year-old was seemingly unimpressed at being the first to ski, as Ledecka benefited from a format in which the lower-ranked competitors go out later.
"I don't think the way it's set up with the start numbers is fair or good for the sport," Vonn added. "Two years ago, they changed it. They had three proposals on the table and they literally took the worst of all three.
"I'd rather the favourite start later. I think it's better for us and better for TV, which is why they said they'd change it to begin with."