Medal winner hangs out for steak and pepper pie
Olympic medalist Nico Porteous didn’t have to wait long for his wish to be granted once back in New Zealand on Tuesday.
After arriving at Auckland Airport and being greeted with a haka, with the rest of the New Zealand team, including fellow bronze medalist, Zoi SadowskiSynnott, Porteous told the large throng of assembled media that one of the first things he wanted to do was have a pie.
‘‘I’m going to have a steak and pepper pie,’’ Porteous beamed, with the large medal dangling from his neck.
‘‘I haven’t had a pie in at least a month, so I’m pretty desperate.’’
Well within a couple of minutes of saying that, someone had brought him one and he waste no time in getting stuck in.
Getting free pies maybe something out of the ordinary, but for the next while at least, the pair of 16-year-olds are going to have to get used to being in the spotlight as the country celebrates its first success at the Winter Olympics in 26 years.
Since their double success last Thursday, it’s been nonstop for Sadowski-Synnott and Porteous, who won his medal in the half pipe, said it still hasn’t sunk in that he’s an Olympic medalist.
‘‘It’s not going to sink in for at least a month, but I’m going to keep being myself and continue to work hard, just keep skiing,’’ Porteous said.
‘‘I’m a bit confused over which time zone I’m in now, I only had about an hour of sleep on the plane.’’
Porteous plans to head to Europe soon for some social skiing, but Sadowski-Synnott says she’s looking to get back to some normality and return to school in Wanaka.
And it was at school six years ago where Sadowski-Synnott, who won her medal in the big air made a statement that Olympic glory was her goal.
‘‘I have always wanted to compete at the Olympics,’’ she said.
‘‘When I was 10 we had this thing at school where you had to write everything about you and mine had on it Olympics rings and a snowboard.
‘‘So it’s always been there, but I didn’t expect it to be at the 2018 Olympics.’’
Sadowski-Synnott and Porteous may compete in different events, but they will always be linked by their success in PyeongChang and Porteous admits there will be a bond between them.
‘‘We’ll always look back at the day we walked back into Auckland Airport, both with New Zealand flags around our shoulders and medals around our necks,’’ he said.
‘‘This will be a day that will stay with us for a long time.’’
New Zealand’s Winter Olympics team, led by bronze medal winners Nico Porteous and Zoi Sadowski-Synott arrived back in Auckland yesterday.