Ester Ledecka wasn’t meant to win Gold in the Super-G at the Winter Olympics.
In fact, it wasn’t really why she was at the Olympics at all.
The 22-year-old Czech athlete is known more for her skills on the snowboard than she is on a pair of skis, though, she saw no harm in competing in both at this year’s Olympics in PyeongChang.
She was ranked 43rd in the World Cup standings before the Olympics and was thought to be a much better chance for Gold in the snowboarding events.
And then, well, she won.
“I was wondering what just happened. Is this a kind of mistake?” she said in a press conference after the race.
“I was thinking OK they’re going to change the time, I’m going to wait for a little bit and they’re going to switch and put some seconds on.”
In fact, Ledecka was so surprised by the win, for the duration of the press conference after the race and the entirety of the day’s coverage, she did not take her goggles off.
“I was not prepared to be at this ceremony, and I don’t have any makeup,” she said.