Zoi Sadowski-Synnott

Zoi is the Beijing 2022 Olympic gold medalist in slopestyle and silver medalist in Big Air, 2023 X Games Gold Medalist in Slopestyle and Silver Medalist in Big Air, 2023 Slopestyle World Championships silver medalist, 2022 X Games Gold Medalist in both Slopestyle and Big Air, the2021 FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Champion, 2021 X Games Aspen Slopestyle Silver Medallist and Big Air Bronze Medallist and 2021 Dew Tour slopestyle winner. She is the current Natural Selection Tour backcountry freestyle champion.  Zoi holds eight Winter X Games medals and three Winter Olympic Games medals (Slopestyle Gold 2022, Big Air Silver 2022, Big Air Bronze 2018).

Zoi is the 2023 ISPS Handa Halberg Awards Sportswoman of the Year and is also the overall supreme winner. In 2022 Zoi won the New Zealand Olympic Committee's Lonsdale Cup, their top award for achievements. She was also made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2022 New Years honours list. She is the 2023 Snow Sports NZ Athlete of the Year.

When Zoi won the Gold Medal in Beijing 2022 this was the first Winter Olympic Gold medal that New Zealand has ever won, marking a hugely historical moment.

Disciplines:   Slopestyle and Big Air

Home Town:   Wānaka

Career Highlights:  

2024 Edmonton Big Air World Cup gold medalist, 2023 X Games Slopestyle Gold Medalist, 2023 X Games Big Air Silver Medalist, 2023 LAAX Open Slopestyle winner, 2023 FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Championships silver medalist, 2023 Natural Selection Tour Champion, 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Slopestyle Gold Medalist; 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Big Air Silver Medalist; 2022 X Games Slopestyle Gold Medalist; 2022 X Games Big Air Gold Medalist; 2021 Dew Tour slopestyle winner, 2021 Slopestyle World Champion; 2021 X Games Slopestyle Silver Medalist; 2021 X Games Big Air Bronze Medalist;  2021 Natural Selection Tour Jackson Hole stop winner; 2019 World Champion;  X Games Gold and Silver medalist; Olympic Winter Games bronze medal in Snowboard Big Air, PyeongChang 2018; Winner of the 2019 Burton US Open Slopestyle;  Bronze medal, Winter Games NZ Slopestyle World Cup, September 2017; Gold medal, Slopestyle, Spindleruv Mlyn World Cup, March 2017; Silver medal, Slopestyle, World Championships, March 2017; Bronze medal Big Air, Quebec World Cup, February 2017.


Zoi learnt to ski as a pre-schooler.  A family Christmas holiday in Whistler is Zoi’s earliest memory of snow and probably where her love of sliding began. “I was about four and it was the coolest thing ever, we went sledding down the road!” she remembers.  She switched to snowboarding at the age of nine, joining in on her older sister’s lesson at SnowPark NZ and encouraged by her brothers and dad who were "all super in to it."  

With her family keen to teach her the tricks of the trade, Zoi began riding park and was soon talked into entering her first competition - a rail jam in Whistler - by her brother. Despite being the only girl taking part and hitting just one small feature, Zoi was nonetheless "pretty stoked" to be awarded first place.

Her competitive nature kicked in and Zoi soon began to enjoy the energy and excitement of event days and the challenge of putting down big tricks in front of a crowd. Qualifying for the Olympics became her dream. Receiving her HPSNZ carding in October 2016 took her one step closer to realising that dream as Zoi set off to follow the 2016/17 World Cup tour throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

Zoi competed in her first Big Air World Cup in December 2016 at the age of fifteen, lining up beside such sporting legends as the USA’s Jamie Anderson – one of the most medalled athletes in the history of the sport. The Kiwi teenager was “over the moon” to finish in ninth place.  

From there, Zoi set a goal to finish on the podium at the Junior World Champs in the Czech Republic in March 2017. Success came faster than she had imagined. Zoi took out 4th place in slopestyle at the World Cup in Mammoth Mountain in February 2017 before going on to podium a week later with a bronze medal in Big Air at the World Cup in Quebec, Canada.

At the World Champs in March, Zoi finished fourth in Big Air and claimed a silver medal in slopestyle. She went on to claim World Cup gold in slopestyle in Spindleruv Mlyn two weeks later, and at 16 is the youngest woman to win gold in snowboard slopestyle.

Zoi kept the momentum going back home in NZ, earning a World Cup bronze medal on her home mountain of Cardrona during the 2017 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. She was named to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games team and placed 13th in Slopestyle and third in Big Air.

In 2019 Zoi claimed the silver medal in Snowboard Big Air at X Games Aspen and went on to win gold in Snowboard Slopestyle although she was initially only named as an alternate in this discipline. A few weeks later,  in a first for New Zealand, Zoi  claimed the FIS World Championship title in women’s snowboard slopestyle. Zoi rounded out the season by claiming a triple crown in snowboarding,  earning slopestyle victory at the 37thAnnual Burton U.S Open Snowboarding Championships in March 2019. She was once again named Snow Sports NZ Overall Athlete of the Year as well as Snowboarder of the Year in 2019.

During the 2020 northern hemisphere season Zoi claimed the second X Games gold medal of her career, winning the Snowboard Slopestyle event in Norway.

2021 has been an incredible season for Zoi, she claimed the gold medal at the FIS Kreischberg Big Air World Cup, the silver medal at the LAAX Slopestyle World Cup, X Games Aspen Snowboard Slopestyle silver medal, X Games Aspen Snowboard Big Air bronze medal and is your 2021 FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Champion.

She started the 2022 season off with a bang, convincingly claiming the Dew Tour Snowboard Slopestyle title at Copper Mountain on the 19th of December. She followed this up with a silver medal at the Mammoth Mountain Slopestyle World Cup

At the 2022 Aspen X Games she won gold in both Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air before heading to Beijing for the Winter Olympic Games. 

In Beijing she made history as the first Kiwi to ever win a Winter Olympic gold medal when she became the Snowboard Slopestyle Olympic champion. She claimed the silver medal in the Winter Olympics Snowboard Big Air just days later. 

Immediately after Beijing Zoi went to the Natural Selection Tour stop in Baldface, British Columbia, where she took the win. 

In 2023 Zoi started her season off with a silver medal at the Kreischberg Big Air World Cup. She then went on to win the LAAX Open slopestyle World Cup, a lifelong dream of hers. 

She successfully defended her X Games Slopestyle gold medal and claimed the silver medal in the Big Air. She finished in second place at the 2023 FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Championships, before shifting gears to the backcountry where she was crowned  the 2023 Natural Selection Tour Champion. 

Zoi started the 2024 FIS World Cup season with a bang with a first place finish at the Edmonton Big Air World Cup in December 2023.

When she's not on snow, Zoi  loves skating and spending time with friends. 

Check out more of Zoi Sadowski-Synnott's results: FIS Results 

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