Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (Wānaka, 21) has secured her eighth podium result this season, claiming third place at the finals of the 2022 Natural Selection Tour, the YETI Natural Selection Alaska.
The final stop was held in Alaska’s remote backcountry, on arguably one of the best freeride venues on the planet, consisting of iconic steep spines and big features.
Riding head-to-head against snowboarding legend Hana Beaman (USA) in the two run semi-finals, Sadowski-Synnott was in the lead after run one. Always one to push herself, Sadowski-Synnott left it all out there on the Alaskan spines for her second run, sending it off a huge feature but unfortunately coming unstuck, which hurt her score.
After both runs were complete Beaman took the win and advanced to the finals, marking the end of the 2022 Natural Selection Tour for Sadowski-Synnott.
Beaman went on to take the win in Alaska, with Marion Haerty (FRA) finishing in second place.
Sadowski-Synnott, although predominantly a slopestyle and big air athlete, has quickly made her mark on the backcountry freestyle world. She delivered a great performance on the 2021 Natural Selection Tour and displayed an incredible show of talent and courage at the second stop of the 2022 Natural Selection Tour held in British Columbia last month.
This podium marks Sadowski-Synnott’s eighth podium from eight events this season, including the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games snowboard slopestyle gold medal and big air silver medal and two Aspen X Games gold medals in the same disciplines.