Kiwi Zoi Sadowski-Synnott takes X Games Slopestyle GOLD

Aspen, CO - January 21, 2022 - Buttermilk Mountain: Zoi Sandowski-Synnott competing in Jeep Women's Snowboard Slopestyle during X Games Aspen 2022. (Photo by Tamara Susa / ESPN Images)

New Zealand’s Wanaka local, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, has claimed X Games gold in the Snowboard Slopestyle today.

She took the lead with her first run and held it for all four, securing her rightful place on the top podium and making history with her second run.

In her second run, after lacing together a super technical rail section that included a blunt 450 out of the second rail, she landed her frontside double 1080 into her backside double 1080, becoming the first woman to ever land this combination in competition.

“It means so much to me, everyone was absolutely ripping, that was the sickest contest I have ever been a part of. To put that run down, I have been working towards it for a while, so I am just so stoked,” said Sadowski-Synnott post competition.

This was the third X Games gold medal of Zoi’s career and her third major event podium finish of the 2022 season.

She was joined on the podium by two-time Winter Olympic slopestyle gold medalist Jamie Anderson (USA) in second and Laurie Blouin (CAN) in third.

This was the final slopestyle event for Zoi before she heads to China for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games where she will be representing New Zealand in both snowboard slopestyle and big air.

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