The announcers watching her dart down the course were totally incredulous, remarking on her run excitedly as they watched Olympic history unfold. What's more, Ledecka swooped into first place by one-hundredth of a second on skis borrowed from American Mikaela Shiffrin.
The feat was totally improbable, and Ledecka herself couldn't even wrap her head around the victory once she saw her time. In a transcription from the Olympics' News Service, she said: "I really don't know what happened. You tell me ... I was riding. I really don't know what happened. It was great."
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.