Ledecká seals parallel giant slalom snowboard World Cup title

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Czech winter sport star claims sixth crystal globe and eyes overall crown.

Czech star Ester Ledecká continued her great winter sport form by winning the FIS World Cup snowboard parallel giant slalom season title in the Swiss resort of Scuol. Here is all you need to know:

– Ledecká came into the season on the back of an amazing 2017/2018 that included a Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games gold medal double in the snowboard parallel giant slalom and alpine skiing super-G events.

– She decided to mix it up this season by competing on both FIS World Cup circuits with two encouraging top-10 results on the alpine skiing downhill circuit.

– The 23-year-old had much better success back on her snowboard with two 2018/19 wins in the Cortina d’Ampezzo and Pyeongchang parallel events, along with podiums at Carezza, Pyeongchang and Secret Garden.

– It meant that she could wrap up her third ever parallel giant slalom title in Scuol, which she duly did with second place behind Russian rival Milena Bykova.

– Ledecká revealed: “For sure this year has been tough. I had to miss some races at the start of the year, but in the end it paid off. I’m happy that I was able to make podiums at every race this season and I think that shows I’m one of the best snowboarders in the world.”

– She can win the overall parallel title from Austrian Sabine Schöffmann and German Selina Jörg with a strong showing in the Winterberg finale on March 23.

– Ledecká now has six FIS World Cup titles to her name, along with two World Championship gold medals and one silver in parallel snowboard competition.

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