Winter Sports: Kiwi snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott wins Big Air silver medal at X Games

  • 29/01/2023

Kiwi snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has come agonisingly close to another finish atop the podium at the X Games, winning silver in the Big Air at Aspen, Colorado on Sunday (NZ time).

Needing a score of 44 in the final run of the day to leapfrog Japan's Reira Iwabuchi into first place and defend her crown, Sadowski-Synnott was awarded 42 to clinch the silver medal, replicating her feat in the same event at last year's Beijing Olympics.

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott on the podium.
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott on the podium. Photo credit: Supplied

The medal is the Wanaka native's second in as many days, after she defended her slopestyle crown on Saturday to claim gold.

With her second attempt, the 21-year-old landed a backside 1260 that earned a score of 44, then backed that up with a 42 in her fourth and penultimate run to shoot into second place.

She threw down a clean switch backside 1260 in her final effort to finish with a total of 86 from her two best runs - not quite enough to knock Iwabuchi (87) from her perch. 

"I am super happy to put down the two tricks I’ve been working on for a year and come away with the silver," said Sadowski-Synnott after the event.

"I am so proud to finish behind Reira, who stomped the first triple cork in women’s competition."

The medal haul caps off a successful start to 2023 for Sadwoski-Synnott, who won her first Laax Open World Cup slopestyle crown in Switzerland last week.