Kiwi Zoi Sadowski-Synnott qualifies first for Beijing Olympics finals

Zoi Sadowski Synnott of New Zealand during the Women's Slopestyle qualifier during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, China, Friday, February 4, 2022. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

Wanaka local, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, has set herself up for medal contention with a first place in today’s snowboard slopestyle qualifiers.

Hot off Aspen X Games gold, the twenty year old put down a solid first run, ensuring she got a score on the board. She was sitting in third position after run one with the top 12 women going through to finals.

Not one to backdown, Sadowski-Synnott dropped into run two and gave it everything, landing a technical run, launching herself into the top spot with a score of 86.75 that was untouchable by the 25 women who dropped in after her.

After her second run Zoi explained, “I’m stoked to put both my runs down, link all the tricks and make it to finals. I’ve got a bit more in the tank for tomorrow and hoping for my best performance.”

The women’s snowboard slopestyle finals will take place tomorrow (Sunday 6 February).

Australia’s Tess Coady qualified eighth and will also be vying for a medal.

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