Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (Wānaka, age 20) lands on yet another prestigious podium, finishing in second place at the Mammoth Mountain Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup. Fellow Kiwi Tiarn Collins (Queenstown, age 22) finished in third place at the Mammoth Mountain Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup.
With the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games just over three weeks away these are fantastic results for both athletes.
Zoi put down a solid first run with great variety on the rails and a super smooth switch backside 900 on the first jump to take the lead with a score of 82.50. Jamie Anderson (USA) landed a strong second run to bump Zoi down into second place.
She knew she had to go all out on her second and final run and she was lacing together a technical and stylish run but she unfortunately came unstuck on the final jump attempting a back 1080. Zoi is still “super stoked to end up on the podium”
For Tiarn Collins this is a very special moment, it has been almost two years since he has stood on a Snowboard World Cup podium and he has worked incredibly hard for his result today. Tiarn explained “I am really stoked, I just wanted to land that run as well as I could”.
He came out of the start gate swinging, stitching together a solid run with clean, technical rails and a huge backside 1600 on the final jump to secure a score of 73.44. This was also the first time that Tiarn had put his 1600 in a World Cup slopestyle run. Although he was unable to put together a clean second run, his strong first run score held up landing him on the podium in third.
Today’s result marks the fourth World Cup podium of his career and his third in Slopestyle.
It has been an action packed morning with four Kiwi freeski halfpipe athletes all competing in the Mammoth Mountain World Cup finals with Nico Porteous taking the win, Miguel Porteous placing 5th, Ben Harrington 6th and Gustav Legnavsky finishing in 8th in his World Cup final debut.