Snowboarding: Zoi Sadowski-Synnott wins world championship gold

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott. Photo credit: Getty

Less than a month after winning X Games gold, Kiwi snowboard sensation Zoi Sadowski-Synnott is now slopestyle world champion - without competing in the final.

Due to high winds, the final of both the men's and women's freestyle ski and snowboard world championships at Park City, Utah were cancelled and the medals were awarded off qualifying scores.

As 17-year-old Sadowski-Synnott was the top qualifier with 91.75 points, she was crowned champion, beating out Norway's Silje Norendal (88.75), with American Olympic champion Jamie Anderson (87.25) third.

The result was one better than she achieved two years ago, when she won silver at the 2017 world championships in Spain.

Slopestyle is the same event Sadowski-Synnott won at last month's X Games in Aspen.

The result caps off a remarkable 12 months for the Kiwi, who won a bronze medal in the snowboarding big air final at the 2018 Olympics.

Sadowski-Synnott was due to compete in the big air in Utah, but that was also cancelled due to bad weather.

Fellow Kiwi Nico Porteous also competed at the world championship, but finished ninth in the ski halfpipe, after winning bronze at last month's X Games.