History was made in Beijing today when New Zealand won their first Winter Olympic gold medal and Australia won their first medal in snowboard slopestyle.
It was the 16th medal won by Australia at a Winter Olympics and the fifth in a snowboarding discipline.
New Zealand bred Sedowski-Synnott won bronze in Big Air in PyeongChang 2018 and is now New Zealand’s most decorated Winter Olympian.
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took her Beijing gold medal on the slopestyle course on her third run (92.88) pushing Julia Marino from the USA to second place (87.68) while Tess Coady held her bronze position also on her third run.
Coady, 21, recorded her best score of 84.15 points in the final run of Sunday’s final.
Coady was selected to make her Games debut four years ago in PyeongChang, but was unable to compete after tearing her ACL in a practice run.
This is the first time both an Australian and a New Zealander have stood on the podium together at a Winter Olympics.
Both Coady and Sadowski-Synnott will compete in Big Air on Monday February 14.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples today.