Zoi Sadowski-Synnott

 

Zoi is the current World Champion in women's Snowboard Slopestyle, an Olympic bronze medallist in Snowboard Big Air, an X Games gold medallist in Snowboard Slopestyle and an X Games silver medallist in Snowboard Big Air. She competed at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang where, at just 16 years old, she claimed NZ's first Olympic medal in 26 years.  

Disciplines: Slopestyle and Big Air

Home town: Wanaka

Career highlights: 2019 World Champion;  X Games Gold and Silver medallist; Olympic Winter Games bronze medal in Snowboard Big Air, PyeongChang 2018; Winner of the 2019 Burton US Open Slopestyle;  Bronze medal, Winter Games NZ Slopestyle World Cup, September 2017; Gold medal, Slopestyle, Spindleruv Mlyn World Cup, March 2017; Silver medal, Slopestyle, World Championships, March 2017; Bronze medal Big Air, Quebec World Cup, February 2017.

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Biography

Zoi learnt to ski as a pre-schooler.  A family Christmas holiday in Whistler is Zoi’s earliest memory of snow and probably where her love of sliding began. “I was about four and it was the coolest thing ever, we went sledding down the road!” she remembers.  She switched to snowboarding at the age of nine, joining in on her older sister’s lesson at SnowPark NZ and encouraged by her brothers and dad who were "all super in to it."  With her family keen to teach her the tricks of the trade, Zoi began riding park and was soon talked into entering her first competition - a rail jam in Whistler - by her brother. Despite being the only girl taking part and hitting just one small feature, Zoi was nonetheless "pretty stoked" to be awarded first place.

Her competitive nature kicked in and Zoi soon began to enjoy the energy and excitement of event days and the challenge of putting down big tricks in front of a crowd. Qualifying for the Olympics became her dream. Receiving her HPSNZ carding in October 2016 took her one step closer to realising that dream as Zoi set off to follow the 2016/17 World Cup tour throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

Zoi competed in her first Big Air World Cup in December 2016 at the age of fifteen, lining up beside such sporting legends as the USA’s Jamie Anderson – one of the most medalled athletes in the history of the sport. The Kiwi teenager was “over the moon” to finish in ninth place.  

From there, Zoi set a goal to finish on the podium at the Junior World Champs in the Czech Republic in March 2017. Success came faster than she had imagined. Zoi took out 4th place in slopestyle at the World Cup in Mammoth Mountain in February 2017 before going on to podium a week later with a bronze medal in Big Air at the World Cup in Quebec, Canada.

At the World Champs in March, Zoi finished fourth in Big Air and claimed a silver medal in slopestyle. She went on to claim World Cup gold in slopestyle in Spindleruv Mlyn two weeks later, and at 16 is the youngest woman to win gold in snowboard slopestyle.

Zoi kept the momentum going back home in NZ, earning a World Cup bronze medal on her home mountain of Cardrona during the 2017 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. She was named to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games team and placed 13th in Slopestyle and third in Big Air.

 Zoi was named Snow Sports NZ Overall Athlete of the Year for 2017 as well as Snowboarder of the Year. In 2018 she was named Snow Sports NZ Snowboarder of the Year.

In 2019 Zoi claimed the silver medal in Snowboard Big Air at X Games Aspen and went on to win gold in Snowboard Slopestyle although she was initially only named as an alternate in this discipline. A few weeks later,  in a first for New Zealand, Zoi  claimed the FIS World Championship title in women’s snowboard slopestyle. Zoi rounded out the season by claiming a triple crown in snowboarding,  earning slopestyle victory at the 37thAnnual Burton U.S Open Snowboarding Championships in March 2019.

When she's not on snow, Zoi  loves skating and spending time with friends. 

Check out more of Zoi's FIS results here  or follow her on social media.

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