Kiwi Zoi Sadowski-Synnott wins her second medal of the Beijing Olympics

Zoi Sadowski Synnott of New Zealand celebrates her silver medal in the women’s snowboard big air finals of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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.”

Silver medalist Zoi Sadowski Synnott of New Zealand during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Snowboard Big Air final at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, Beijing, China, 15 February 2022. EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL

The silver medal is in addition to the gold Sadowski-Synnott won in snowboard slopestyle earlier in the Games.

Sadwoski-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.

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