Otago Daily Times
SadowskiSynnott takes silver
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.