Shock defeat for Olympic hero Ledecka on return to World Cup action

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PyeongChang 2018 sensation Ester Ledecka suffered a surprise defeat on her return to World Cup action.

Milena Bykova stunned the Czech star in the big final of the snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom in Kayseri, Turkey.

Ledecka denied at the last

There was no rest for Ledecka who was back competing just a week after clinching her second Olympic title in Korea.

The 22-year-old Czech became the first woman to win golds in different sports at an Olympic Games, having previously scored a stunning victory in alpine skiing’s Super-G.

Ledecka beat German Selina Joerg in the quarter-finals in Kayseri in a repeat of the PyeongChang decider.

She then edged out Austria’s Daniela Ulbing to reach the final.

But Bykova was too strong.

The 20-year-old Russian had not been on the podium in a World Cup event before Saturday.

Bykova surprised her rivals by going quickest in qualification.

And she went all the way to the final where she crossed the line 0.44 seconds ahead of the Olympic hero.

Title within sight

With Ramona Hofmeister missing due to illness, Ledecka moved closer to the World Cup PGS crown.

2014 Olympic champion Julia Dujmovits is now her closest pursuer but a massive 2,300 points behind with four rounds to go.

With a victory worth 1,000 points, Ledecka could clinch the title next weekend in Scuol, Switzerland.

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Author: Stephen Hannon
Stephen Hannon is the Head of News at Olympic Channel, the digital platform launched by the IOC.