The women's Snowboard Slopestyle finals took place today, with Tess Coady winning the first medal for Australia in that discipline.  Kiwi Zoi Sadowski-Synnott finished first and won New Zealand's first-ever Winter Olympics gold medal. 

Women's Snowboard Slopestyle

  • Australian Tess Coady won the bronze medal in Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle.
  • The Aussie had to go through an excruciating wait to find out if she would remain in a podium position.
  • Kiwi Zoi Sadowski-Synnott finished first becoming the first New Zealander to win a winter Olympic gold medal.

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The first Olympic medal for Australia was won on Sunday at the Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou.  It was a thrilling victory for the Tess Coady.

Having finished eight in qualification, with a best 71.13 points, Coady registered 82.68 in her first run in the finals followed by 55.98.  It was down to her third run to try to aim for the podium.

She did just that.  Registering a score of 84.15, Coady was propelled to third in the rankings just behind American Julia Marino who had scored 87.68 in run two and Kiwi Zoi Sadowski-Synnot who had scored 84.51 in run one. 

Having been the fifth rider down out of twelve, Coady then had to then go through an excruciating wait to see if she would hang on to her podium position.  She would find out that a medal was in her grasp prior to the last rider coming down, when she was still in third place with Sadowski-Synnott already above her in the rankings.

Sadowski-Synnott's last run would change the order of silver and gold, the Kiwi overtaking Marino with a final best score of 92.88 making New Zealand history in the process by becoming the country's first ever winter Olympic medalist.

Coady likewise made history, becoming the first Australian to win in the sport of Slopestyle Snowboard.

Bronze medalist Coady still has a chance to get a second Olympic medal next week in the Women's Snowboard Big Air competition.


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