‘Richard Mille and I both love what we do. We strive to be the best in our field and enjoy it.’
Being a champion is a habit. Ester won double gold in skiing and snow-boarding at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, where she surprised everyone by winning the Super-G. Even before obtaining her medals, Ledecká had already given herself a unique challenge: qualifying for the Olympic Games in two different sports. Her victory saw Ester becoming the first female athlete to achieve such a performance in a single edition of the Winter Olympics.
Ester Ledecká was predestined for success. The undisputed Czech Snow Queen comes from a long line of successful sports achievers. Her grandfather was a World Cup hockey champion and her mother a figure skater. Her father was a world-renowned composer, and then there’s her brother, a recognised comic-book designer determined to transform his beloved sister into a superhero ! No pressure then ! Ester certainly rose to the challenge, becoming the only person ever to combine snowboarding and alpine skiing internationally at the highest level.
From the beginning, people told her she could not do both, having to specialize to reach the top level. Since she was 14, she had these kinds of discussions with her coaches with the same answer: ‘I want to practice both, and if it bothers you, I’ll find another coach because that’s how I’ll do it.’
‘I’ve known exactly what I wanted to do since childhood. I had a plan, and I respected it carefully. Day after day, slowly, absolutely calmly and persistently, I worked to fulfil my dream. Nobody could stop me. Even if the ski federation decided to oppose it I'd be doing what I enjoy. This is my biggest victory.’
Ester is living proof that you need real expertise, passion, genius and above all guts to carry out your dreams. No surprise, then, that she’s a member of the Richard Mille family. The Czech Snow Queen has already been road-testing the RM 007 Titanium, and soon she will wear a prototype of the RM 67-02 Automatic Extra Flat.