Olympic Winter Games live: Zoi Sadowski-Synnott wins gold again
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott will be jumping for her second gold medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics in the women’s big air final on Tuesday afternoon (NZ time).
The 20-year-old Wānaka snowboarder, who won gold in week one in slopestyle, is the favorite for the golden doubles in the air after moving into Monday’s finals as the top qualifier.
She achieved the same double at last month’s X Games and will be the last to descend the ramp of the 12 finalists at the Big Air Shougang venue.
Big Air made Sadowski-Synnott famous at the age of 16 when she won the bronze medal in the discipline at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang.
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Her slopestyle gold in China was New Zealand’s first in 70 years at the Winter Olympics.
Another medal on Tuesday would be Sadowski-Synnott’s third at the Winter Olympics and New Zealand’s fifth in history.
In addition to gold in 2022 and bronze in 2018, freeskier Nico Porteous also won a bronze medal in PyeongChang four years ago.
Alpine skier Annelise Coberger won New Zealand’s first Winter Olympics medal with silver in the women’s slalom at the 1992 Albertville Games in France.
Alice Robinson returns to her third race of the Beijing Games in women’s downhill after disappointing finishes in her favorite disciplines, giant slalom (22nd) and super-G (DNF).
The 20-year-old downhill skier from Queenstown suffered a bad fall on the latter but is said to be taking part in the downhill despite a bruised right shin.
Ben Barclay and Finn Bilous will start in the Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Qualification after 24 hours delay due to bad weather on Sunday at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou.
None of the 22-year-olds made it to the Big Air finals after finishing 16th and 18th.
Kiwis in action on Day 11 of the Beijing Winter Olympics on Tuesday (NZ time)
2.30 p.m.: Women’s Snowboard Big Air Finals, Heats 1, 2 & 3 (Zoi Sadowski-Synnott)
4 p.m.: Alpine skiing women, downhill final (Alice Robinson)
17:30: Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Qualification, Heats 1 & 2 (Finn Bilous, Ben Barclay)