Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has as soon as once more claimed gold on the Slopestyle World Championship. Picture / Photosport
New Zealand snowboarding phenomenon Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has surprised her rivals to say the gold medal on the Slopestyle World Championship after a stumbling begin to the competitors.
Together with the gold medal, Sadowski-Synnott has change into the primary particular person to ever defend a FIS Snowboard World Championship title and it got here on the final doable second for the 24-year-old.
Sadowski-Synnott got here into the finals as the highest qualifier however struggled to land clear runs on her first two makes an attempt; with stumbles on the highest rail and first soar. Nonetheless, with stomped landings on her swap again 900 and bottom 1080 it was clear a podium run was prepared and ready if she may hyperlink all of it collectively on the third and remaining try.
And that is precisely what occurred as she jumped from useless final into the highest spot on the final run of the competitors. Sadowski-Synnott signalled that she was organising for a excessive rating with a technical rail run on the high of the course earlier than lacing collectively a trendy swap again 900, frontside 720 and bottom double 1080 on the jumps for a rating of 85.95.
“I knew if I landed my run I had a superb probability of taking the highest spot,” she stated in a media assertion. “It was all as much as me, I knew I may do these tips, I used to be simply making an attempt to get it finished so I may defend the title.”
Double Olympic gold medallist Jamie Anderson (USA) got here in second with a rating of 81.10 whereas Australia’s Tess Coady rounded out the rostrum in third place.
Additionally among the many high eight opponents within the ladies’s snowboard slopestyle finals was 18-year-old Queenstown rider, Cool Wakushima, making her World Championships debut and with just one World Cup begin to her title. Cool, regardless of ending final of the finalists, put collectively a promising efficiency, upping her rating on every of her three runs.