Snowboard racers strong in Germany
Ester Ledecka continues dominating streak
Steamboat Springs — Ester Ledecka, a Steamboat Springs-trained Czech Republic Alpine snowboarder, furthered her success in what’s been a red-hot season on Saturday, winning a parallel giant slalom World Cup event in Sudelfeld, Germany.
Ledecka, a member of Thedo Remmelink’s elite Alpine snowboarding segment of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, has been in top form recently. She hasn’t finished outside the top 10 this season in any race and has won four of the seven she’s entered. That list now includes two World Cups and a World Championship, earned last month in Austria.
Ledecka was the top qualifier at the World Cup, then dominated the finals on Saturday, as well. The win bumped her to second in the World Cup standings, behind Austria’s Marion Kreiner.
There were strong results from Steamboat-connected racers on the men’s side, as well.
Vic Wild, the American who trained in Steamboat Springs before moving to Russia and winning two gold medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics, was second in Germany after winning a World Cup the week before.
Justin Reiter was ninth in the race, bouncing back strong after a lackluster World Championships.
Aaron Muss took a break from dominating the NorAm circuit, where he’s won seven of 10 races this season, to race his first World Cup in more than a year. He got his best-ever result on the circuit, placing 18th.
Michael Trapp, meanwhile, was 36th.
The World Cup resumes Feb. 28 and March 1 in Asahikawa, Japan.
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