Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has claimed her second medal of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, winning silver in an epic big air final.
The 20-year-old from Wānaka held the lead going into the third and final run, but defending Olympic champion Anna Gasser (Austria) stomped a huge 1260 to inch ahead. Sadowski-Synnott then had the right of reply, but was unable to land her own 1260, finishing in second.
“I’m super stoked, I can’t really believe it right now but I couldn’t be more happy to stand on the podium alongside Anna and Kokomo,” said Sadowski-Synnott.
“I haven’t really processed it all yet but I can’t wait to get home and take it all in with my friends and family.”
The silver medal is in addition to the gold Sadowski-Synnott won in snowboard slopestyle earlier in the Games.
Sadowski-Synnott now has a full set of Olympic medals, slopestyle gold (Beijing 2022), big air silver (Beijing 2022) and big air bronze (PyeongChang 2018).
“It’s cool to have the full set, I can’t wait to get them all together. I’m already looking ahead to the next Winter Olympics, I’m really keen to make it to Italy, there’s still a lot of progression to come in women’s snowboarding and I want to be a part of it.”
Sadowski-Synnott now heads to Canada for further competition. She hopes to be back in New Zealand in March.