Snowboarding: Kiwi Zoi Sadowski-Synnott overcomes crash to claim silver at Big Air World Cup

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

Kiwi snowboard sensation Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has battled back from an uncharacteristic crash to claim silver at the Big Air World Cup in Austria.

After failing in her attempt to pull off a technical trick in her first run, she responded by nailing her second try, before showing nerves of steel in her third effort to seal a podium finish.

Sadowski-Synnott finished with a combined score of 176.50, with Austria's Anna Gasser claiming the gold medal and Japan's Kokomo Murase rounding out the top three.

The trio finished in the same order at the Winter Olympics last year and Sadowski-Synnott is delighted with her placing in her first major event since Beijing.

"It was super sick to be back in the bib, I'm stoked to be back competing," she said. "My last competition was the Winter Olympics, so to end up on the podium tonight at my first comp back is awesome.

"In qualifiers, I had the same situation where I fell on my first run, I just had to keep my head in the game, I knew I could do the trick, so I just had to stay focused.

"It was a bit like déjà vu being the same podium as the Olympics, which is a bit crazy. I am super stoked with how the event went, because all the girls were ripping so hard, and it is awesome to be on the podium once again with Anna and Kokomo."