Probably the most dumbstruck Olympic gold medalist of all time, she said: "This must be some mistake, that they're going to switch the time for some others."
In a weird way, Ledecka attributes her unforeseen triumph to the fact that she's not a skier by trade.
"I was probably the only snowboarder on site. All the other girls didn’t risk a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to do my best run," she said.
The focus of an uplifting narrative, Ledecka's managed to earn fans by being visbily blindsided by her success. For example: wearing goggles during her press conference because she didn't expect to win, and therefore wasn't wearing makeup, only makes her more endearing: