Illustrative photo – Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecká has a picture taken on March 10, 2018.
Rogla (Slovenia) – Three-time Olympic champion Ester Ledecká today almost will return to the competitive slopes in 2018. The Czech winter sports star, who has been recovering from a broken collarbone for a long time, will take part in the World Cup parallel giant slalom competition in the Slovenian resort of Rogla. In addition to Ledecka, the starting lists for the morning qualifications also include Zuzana Maděrová, Klára Šonková and Adam Počinek.
Ledecká last raced last year on March 17, when she rode the super-giant slalom in the ski World Cup final. But she missed the current ski season completely. After a summer accident on an electric skateboard, she had to undergo two operations with a broken collarbone, and only at the beginning of February was she able to start training on the snowy slopes. Last week, the ski association announced that she will make it to at least the last two WC races on snowboard.
The 27-year-old Czech representative will compete on snowboard for the first time since last year's Winter Olympics in Beijing, where she defended the gold from PyeongChang 2018 in the parallel giant slalom. After the race in Slovenia, she should move to Berchtesgaden, Germany, where the parallel slalom will be held on Saturday, March 18. This will be the last individual race of this year's snowboard SP.