Park City, USA (11 February 2019) – In a first for New Zealand, 17-year-old Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has claimed the FIS World Championship title in women’s snowboard slopestyle. Sadowski-Synnott was the top scorer in yesterday’s qualifying rounds with an impressive 91.75 points from a possible 100. Today’s finals had to be cancelled due to heavy winds and an incoming winter storm and under international competition rules the qualifying results count as a final result.
The world championships have been plagued by bad weather, with Sadowski-Synnott missing out on the opportunity to compete in the women’s snowboard big air when that event also had to be cancelled.
Sadowski-Synnott was the silver medallist at the 2017 World Championships and signalled that she was on track for a top result at the 2019 World Championships when she claimed X Games gold medal in snowboard slopestyle and silver in snowboard big air last month.
“I really liked the course,” Sadowski Synnott said after the awards ceremony was held on Sunday, “I thought it had a really nice flow. I love the options for the rails. They gave you a ton to experiment with and get creative with. I was really stoked with yesterday’s run. I dropped second from last, I put down my first run and was really really happy - I got my rail line and then my jump suite which I hadn’t been getting in practice.”
Watch Zoi's run here
After taking a fall and hitting her head on her second run of qualifying rounds Sadowski-Synnott was not due to start in today’s finals competition.
Silje Norendal (NOR) claimed World Champs silver and the USA’s Jamie Anderson the bronze.
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