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Steamboat Magazine

Ester Ledecka

10/30/2013 06:23PM ● By Grant Johnson

Photo courtesy Sportinvest

Steamboat Springs, CO - Ester, 18, is from the Czech Republic and is a rising star in alpine snowboarding, having won two gold medals at the Junior World Championships in Turkey last March. Watch for her on Team Czech Republic in Sochi.

Q. How do you like to relax?
A. During the winter season, on skis. And summer? Well, windsurfing and beach volleyball and a lot of other activities. I like books, theater, movies, playing guitar and piano, walking a gibbon line, juggling, etc.

Q. What’s your favorite place to train (other than Steamboat)?
A. Winter, Spindl Muhle – the best ski resort in the Czech Republic. Summer, Prague for beach volleyball (Yes, there is some sand in Prague too.) and Vassiliki windsurfing resort on Lefkada Island in Greece. At least one month of summer holidays.

Q. What’s your favorite career moment so far?
A. Recently, it has been my double win at the World Junior Championship in Erzurum, Turkey. And, as a special bonus from the last season, I qualified for the Women’s Czech National Team in alpine skiing as well.

Q. What drew you to your sport at a young age?
A. My grandfather was a double Olympic medalist and world champion in ice hockey. My parents have inspired me as well.

Q. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past year?
A. “Hotel Transylvania.”

Q. What is your favorite quote?
A. “With great power comes great responsibility.” – From the movie, “Spiderman.”

Q. What’s your favorite fashion trend?
A. Woodstock generation…

Q. Which three words describe you best?
A. Beautiful, smart, witty. 

Q. What would you do if you won the lottery?
A. Every single day is a lottery jackpot for me, so I am quite prepared to win.

Q. If you were an animal, what would you be?
A. A tiger.

Q. Which song do you know all the lyrics to?
A. All my daddy’s songs – he is a songwriter. Also, “White Horses” by the Rolling Stones, and “Black Bird” by the Beatles, and lot of stuff from Prince, Eric Clapton, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Pink.

Q. What’s your favorite type of food?
A. A good beef steak.

Q. Which languages do you speak fluently?
A. Czech, Slovak, English, German, Greek and Polish.
Turkish, Swiss and French only passively. And in kindergarten I learned some worlds in Yiddish.

Q. Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
A. Jaromir Jagr @68Jagr.