Kiwi Zoi Sadowski-Synnott takes back to back X Games snowboard gold

Aspen, CO - January 31, 2021 - Buttermilk Mountain: Zoi Sadowski-Synnott at the medal ceremony for Pacifico Women's Snowboard Big Air during X Games Aspen 2021. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has done it again, her second gold medal in the 2022 Aspen X Games. First taking gold in snowboard slopestyle and now in snowboard big air.

The Wanaka local again laid down a “first trick in her competition history.”  She landed a frontside double 1080 with a melon grab in her first run, scoring a 40 and a backside 1080 in her second run scoring 36. Then swiftly replaced the 36 with a 45, stomping a huge backside 1260 in run three (the first in her career).

“I was super stoked with yesterday, I actually couldn’t believe it. Coming into today I just wanted to land a backside 1260 as I have never actually done one before and I did one in practice, and I was feeling good,” said Sadowski-Synnott.

X Games Big Air is a jam format with each run scored out of 50 points. The top two scores (must be from two different tricks) are combined to give a total score out of 100. The athlete with the highest combined score is crowned the winner.

Jamie Anderson (USA) secured her 21st X Games medal, claiming the silver medal and Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN) claimed her 4th X Games medal with a bronze medal performance today.

This brings Zoi’s X Game medal total to seven medals, including four golds.  This is the final competition for Zoi before she heads to the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games where she will compete in both Slopestyle and Big Air for New Zealand.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.