PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: On a snowboard and skis, Ester Ledecka is a history-making Olympic gold medalist.

One of the surprising breakout stars of the Winter Games, the Czech pulled double-duty on the slopes in Pyeongchang and became the first to win snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom and skiing’s Alpine super-G.

She outraced Selina Joerg of Germany to the line in the final of the snowboarding event Saturday and won by .46 seconds. That came seven days after she won the super-G by .01 seconds — and shocked everyone, including herself.

“It was a great day,” Ledecka said Saturday. “I enjoyed every run and I’m very happy to be here and stand on the highest place.”

Switzerland won the debut of the Alpine team event, but Norway’s third-place finish gave it a record 38 medals at a single Winter Olympics.

“Even underneath the suit, I get goose bumps talking about it,” Norway’s Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen said.

Iivo Niskanen of Finland took gold in cross-country’s 50-kilometer mass start, Sebastien Toutant of Canada won the men’s Big Air snowboarding event and Nevin Galmarini of Switzerland was the winner of the men’s parallel giant slalom.

The Canadian men made sure they aren’t going home from the Olympics hockey tournament empty-handed, even after missing out on a third straight gold medal.

Andrew Ebbett, Chris Kelly and Derek Roy each scored in the first period, helping Canada take the bronze medal by beating the Czech Republic 6-4. The Russians and Germany will play off Sunday for the gold medal.

The debut of the speedskating mass start races worked out well for the hosts, with South Korea’s Lee Seung-hoon unleashing a final sprint to beat Belgian inline skater Bart Swings in the men’s event.

Japan’s Nana Takagi blasted past opposition in the final straightaway to win the women’s gold from Kim Bo-reum of South Korea.

At Yongpyong Alpine Center, Ledecka had the fastest qualifying time in the women’s parallel giant slalom. Her fourth race was decided when her opponent slid off the course.

She had been considered a favorite for gold in snowboarding after being the top-ranked woman on the circuit, but she hadn’t come even close to that success in skiing.

Until last week.

“[People] were reminding me, ‘Yeah, you’re a skier, you did a great success,’ which was very nice,” she said, “but I was thinking, ‘OK, but you have to change and be a snowboarder already.’ ”

No problems there.

“What happened here,” said Ledecka’s snowboard coach, Justin Reiter, “was once-in-a-lifetime.”

Russian ban upheld

The International Olympic Committee upheld its ban of Russia from the Pyeongchang Olympics, denying the country the chance to march into the closing ceremony under its own flag. The vote came Sunday just hours before the closing ceremony.

Russia was banned from these Winter Games after a massive doping scandal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but the IOC had left open the possibility of reinstatement before the start of the closing ceremony.

However, two of the more than 160 athletes competing as Olympic Athletes from Russia tested positive for banned substances, including a curler who had to forfeit his bronze medal. That’s half of the four doping cases reported so far at this year’s Olympics.

The positive tests come after the IOC had said Russian athletes had been “rigorously tested” months before the games — and during them.

German bobsledders sweep

Germany won gold medals in all three bobsled events.

Francesco Friedrich finished the sweep for the Germans on Sunday, driving his four-man sled to victory in the final day of the games. Won Yunjong of South Korea and Nico Walther of Germany tied for second and shared the silver.

In Pyeongchang, not only did Germany win gold in all three bobsled events — matching its feat from Turin 2006 — but also became the first country to win six sliding gold medals at a single Olympics.

Swedish curlers win gold

The Swedish women won the gold medal in the final match of a marathon curling festival Sunday, beating South Korea 8-3 in nine ends to leave the “Garlic Girls” with a silver that is the hosts’ first-ever Olympic medal in the sport.

Sweden took control of the match by stealing a point in back-to-back ends — the fourth and the fifth — even though Korea had the last-rock advantage known as the hammer. After Korea mustered just one point in the sixth, Swedish skip Anna Hasselborg delivered a takeout on her final rock of the seventh to score three points and open a 7-2 lead.

The Koreans picked up one point in the eighth, but when they couldn’t keep the Swedes from scoring in the ninth, they conceded.

Medal counts

Norway leads the medals table with 13 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze, breaking the record of 37 overall set at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics by the Americans.

“It’s just a really cool feeling to feel that the whole team succeeded today,” Nina Haver-Loeseth said after Norway edged France for the bronze. “I think that Norwegian Alpine skiers had a very successful Olympics. We’ve been at the medal plaza, cheering our teammates on and I was like, ‘We are not leaving here without a medal.’ So it means a lot.”

Switzerland beat top-seeded Austria in the gold-medal race. Leading 2-1, Swiss ski racer Daniel Yule wrapped up the win when Austrian rival Marco Schwarz skied out along the side-by-side parallel slalom course.

U.S. total disappoints

With the U.S. team facing its worst medal haul in 20 years at a Winter Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s sports chief says he’ll take a hard look at what occurred to try to avoid a repeat.

The United States had 23 medals heading into the final day of action Sunday, with an outside chance to win one more. It will be the poorest showing since 1998.

At a news conference Sunday, chief of sport performance Alan Ashley acknowledged the numbers were disappointing. A USOC internal document, obtained by the Associated Press, set the target at 37 medals and a pegged a minimum of 25.

Finland’s finest

Niskanen beat Russian rival Alexander Bolshunov with a strong sprint in the 50-kilometer mass start to give Finland its first gold of the games.

“The first, but not the last,” Niskanen said. “Tomorrow is a new day. I [was] wanting to win my gold medal [over] this distance and it had been long years.”

Niskanen won the marathon event in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 22.1 seconds — more than 18 seconds ahead of Bolshunov.

Soaring to gold

Toutant won in the Olympic debut of men’s Big Air by scoring 174.25 points in the final.

Kyle Mack of the United States took second with a score of 168.75, and Billy Morgan of Britain earned bronze.

Red Gerard, the Rocky River native who won the first gold medal for the United States in the slopestyle event two weeks ago, finished fifth.

Selfie with Ivanka Trump

U.S. women’s bobsledder Lauren Gibbs is going home from Pyeongchang Olympics with a silver medal and a selfie with Ivanka Trump.

Gibbs spent part of her Sunday morning watching the four-man bobsled competition with Trump, the daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump. Ivanka Trump is part of the U.S. delegation in Pyeongchang for the end of the games, and has been in South Korea since Friday.