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Ester Ledecka must decide between ski, snowboard worlds

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SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka will not be able to follow up her dual sport gold-medal performances at the PyeongChang Olympics with a similar haul of world titles this season.

That’s because the schedule won’t allow it, and she’s not happy about it.

The parallel giant slalom at the world freestyle skiing and snowboard championships in Utah is Feb. 4 — the same day downhill training opens at Alpine skiing worlds in Are, Sweden, and a day before the super-G.

“I was a little bit hoping they would reschedule the snowboard race — put it a week earlier so I could do it both — but they didn’t want to so I have to choose,” Ledecka said Tuesday after placing 29th in a World Cup downhill.

In PyeongChang, Ledecka followed her super-G title by winning the parallel GS in snowboarding — becoming the first athlete to win two golds at one Winter Games using two different types of equipment.

The 23-year-old Czech is the reigning world champion in parallel GS.

Ledecka said she brought up the issue with the International Ski Federation, which governs both sports.

“On one side I see their point. For one athlete why should they do that, right? But from the other side I think I made snowboarding a little more popular, and I think a lot of fans would be happy to see me compete in both,” Ledecka said. “It’s their decision, and I have to respect it.”

Ledecka has not decided which worlds she’ll compete in. She’s currently going back and forth between the snowboard and ski circuits.

Last week, she finished first and second in two parallel GS events in Italy and then switched to downhill skis this week. She was fastest in a downhill training run Monday before finishing 29th in Tuesday’s race.

“I think I can decide right before,” Ledecka said. “But it will probably be early, so I’m well prepared.”

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Ester Ledecka first woman to win gold in two sports at same Winter Olympics

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One week after shocking the world by winning a gold medal in Alpine skiing, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic strapped back into a snowboard and won a gold medal in her primary sport.

Ledecka, the No. 1 ranked athlete in women’s parallel giant slalom snowboarding, qualified for the finals of that event with the fastest time, then won four consecutive head-to-head races to claim her second gold medal of the PyeongChang Olympics.

With the win, Ledecka is the first woman to win gold medals in two different sports at the same Winter Olympics.

Results: Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom

Gold: Ester Ledecka (CZE)
Silver: Selina Joerg (GER)
Bronze: Ramona Hofmeister (GER)
4. Alena Zavarzina (OAR)
5. Benjamin Karl (AUT)
6. Stefan Baumeister (GER)
7. Roland Fischnaller (ITA)
8. Edwin Coratti (ITA)

Click here to catch up on all of the snowboarding action from PyeongChang

Olympic snowboarding schedule

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NBCOlympics.com will live stream every event of the PyeongChang Winter Games.

The snowboarding streaming schedule is here.

The sport’s full, event-by-event schedule is here:

Men’s slopestyle (qualifying)
Feb. 9 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET

Men’s slopestyle (final)
Feb. 10 8-9:45 p.m. ET

Women’s slopestyle (qualifying)
Feb. 10 11:30 p.m.-1:35 a.m. ET

Women’s slopestyle (final)
Feb. 11 8-9:45 p.m. ET

Women’s halfpipe (qualifying)
Feb. 11 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. ET

Women’s halfpipe (final)
Feb. 12 8-9:40 p.m. ET

Men’s halfpipe (qualifying)
Feb. 12 11 p.m.-12:50 a.m. ET

Men’s halfpipe (final)
Feb. 13 8:30-10:10 p.m. ET

Men’s snowboard cross
Feb. 14 9 p.m.-1 a.m. ET

Women’s snowboard cross
Feb. 15 8-11:15 p.m. ET

Women’s big air (qualifying)
Feb. 18 7:30-10:25 p.m. ET

Men’s big air (qualifying)
Feb. 20 7:30-10:45 p.m. ET

Women’s/men’s parallel giant slalom (qualifying)
Feb. 21 10-11:50 p.m. ET

Women’s big air (final)
Feb. 22 7:30-9:15 p.m. ET

Men’s big air (final)
Feb. 23 8-9:45 p.m. ET

Men’s/women’s parallel giant slalom (finals)
Feb. 23 10-11:30 p.m. ET

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