Olympic champion Ester Ledecka pulls out of Snowboarding World Championships

Ester Ledecka said she would not take part in Tuesday's parallel slalom either.

Agence France-Presse March 01, 2021 16:05:04 IST
Olympic champion Ester Ledecka pulls out of Snowboarding World Championships

File image of Ester Ledecka. AFP

Ester Ledecka, the 2018 Olympic champion in alpine skiing's super-G and snowboarding's parallel giant slalom, said Monday she was pulling out of the world snowboarding championships over an unspecified injury.

The 25-year-old Czech was due to start competing at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships at Rogla, Slovenia in a parallel giant slalom on Monday.

She said she would not take part in Tuesday's parallel slalom either.

"I was getting ready for the races and looking forward, but I can't even complete my stretching, let alone carry the snowboard over my head single-handed," Ledecka said.

"So I have decided I have nothing to do at the start," she added in a statement published by her agent Sport Invest.

"Together with my team, we will work hard so I could race at the skiing World Cup Final in Lenzerheide" on 17-21 March, Ledecka said.

A crossover star, Ledecka won the season-opening snowboarding parallel giant slalom at Cortina d'Ampezzo in December.

That was her first snowboard World Cup race for 11 months.

A week later, she claimed her first World Cup super-G win in alpine skiing at Val d'Isere.

Since then, Ledecka has become a regular in the top 10 of both alpine skiing's super-G and downhill disciplines, finishing fourth in both events at the world championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo last month.

She now stands eighth in the downhill rankings, fifth in super-G and 11th overall in the alpine skiing World Cup.

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