Otago Daily Times

SadowskiSy­nnott takes silver

SNOWSPORTS

- STAFF REPORTER

ZOI SadowskiSy­nnott is in great form as she turns her mind to one of the big events of the season.

SadowskiSy­nnott took the silver medal at the Laax Open FIS Slopestyle World Cup in Switzerlan­d on Saturday, finishing less than two points behind winner Jamie Anderson, of the United States.

Inclement weather and a variable headwind affected the season opener and many in the women’s field struggled to find their feet for their first run.

But Wanakabase­d SadowskiSy­nnott took the weather in her stride and put down the first clean run of the event with a technical and impressive first run that put her comfortabl­y in first position.

It consisted of a 50/50 on, 270 off on the first rail feature, a 50/50 to front board slide on the waterfall rail, a boardslide to 450 underflip on the pole jam, a cab 540 underflip on the quarter pipe, a frontside 720 mute on jump 1, a backside 720 on jump 2 and a frontside 180 in with a switch backside 540 out of the final creative snow feature, nicknamed ‘‘The Birdbath’’.

SadowskiSy­nnott went all out for her second run but said she had “too much juice coming into the quarter pipe. I was hoping to put a bigger trick down on the second jump.”

She landed deep on the quarter pipe and washed out, resulting in a crash score for her second run.

Anderson put down a solid second run to squeeze SadowskiSy­nnott out of the gold medal position by less than two points.

Australian Tess Coady rounded out the podium

“The time in New Zealand [2020 winter season] has been the most valuable thing for my snowboardi­ng, especially this past season having access to a full slopestyle and big air to be able to train and learn,’’ SadowskiSy­nnott said.

‘‘The park crew at Cardrona were helping us out with any features we needed, like the quarter pipe.”

Next competitio­n up for SadowskiSy­nnott is the prestigiou­s Aspen Winter X Games taking place this weekend.

 ?? PHOTO: SUPPLIED ?? Up and at ’em . . . Wanaka’s Zoi SadowskiSy­nnott on her way to second place in the Laax Open FIS Slopestyle World Cup competitio­n in Switzerlan­d at the weekend.
PHOTO: SUPPLIED Up and at ’em . . . Wanaka’s Zoi SadowskiSy­nnott on her way to second place in the Laax Open FIS Slopestyle World Cup competitio­n in Switzerlan­d at the weekend.

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