Snowboarding shines, New Zealand gets 1st Winter Games win

Beijing Olympics Snowboarding
Posted at 10:28 AM, Feb 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-06 10:28:56-05

ZHANGJIAKOU, China — Zoi Sadowski Synnott captured New Zealand's first gold medal in Winter Olympic history by winning the title in women's slopestyle.

The 20-year-old was one of the few to put down a clean run on a supersized course where hardpacked snow and bone-cold wind chills made things difficult on all 12 finalists.

That included two-time defending champion Jamie Anderson, who finished ninth.

Sadowski Synnott went into her last of three runs trailing American Julia Marino but came up big.

She landed a double-cork 1080 on the second jump.

And then she repeated the double cork in a different direction the way she did in her victory at the Winter X Games last month when she became the first woman to pull it off.