The 22-year-old's reaction after crossing the finish line told the story, looking on in disbelief for nearly half a minute before realising her achievement.
Wearing bib No. 26, Ledecka bested defending Olympic champion Anna Veith by just.01 seconds. This season she has four World Cup victories - three in downhill and one in super-G - that moved her to within five victories of the all-time record held by Ingemar Stenmark, but she has made it clear all year long that she temporarily relegated pursuit of the record to secondary importance behind the pursuit of Olympic medals.
Lindsey Vonn's first Olympic race in eight years included one obvious, late mistake that she was sure cost her a medal - maybe even the gold. A knee injury sidelined Vonn during the 2014 Winter Olympics, meaning Vonn has not won a medal since 2010.
Super-G is part-way between downhill and giant slalom - it involves more turns than the downhill but is steeper than GS, with the gates placed further apart. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association CEO Tiger Shaw spoke with The Chronicle about Vonn and her relationship with fellow Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin, who also has two medals.
Weirather noticed the early problems, saying that Vonn's later flub "was actually not as costly as it looked, because she didn't lose that much time there".
"I did the best I could with the information I had", Vonn said.
Lindsey Vonn makes her triumphant return to the Olympics on Friday.
As Lindsey Vonn builds up to the start of competition in her fourth Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, she arrives in South Korea having notched a remarkable 81st World Cup win on the final weekend of competition before the trip to Asia, winning both women's downhill races during a double-header at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany.
Vonn was drawn to be the first racer down the hill at Jeongseon Alpine Center.
One of the leading contenders to take the podium's top spot from him is another Austrian, in-form Hirscher, who succeeded in the downhill and slalom on Tuesday to taste gold in the men's combined event. She wants to win for her grandpa, who died late past year unexpectedly. "I know that she can take a lot of risks".