NewZealand’s two-time world champion Zoi Sadowski-Synnott claimed gold in the women’s slopestyle final after a world-class final run, scoring 92.88 points to knock out US’s Julia Marino off of the top of the leaderboard in dramatic circumstances which paved way for a new Olympics champion.
After the opening run, Sadowski-Synnott led the standings with a score of 84.51.
Japan’s 17-year-old Kokomo Murase, who was impressive in qualifying finishing second in the standings behind favorite Sadowski-Synnott, only managed a score of 48.50 and was in sixth place.
Meanwhile, the two-time defending champion Jamie Aderson Scored a disappointing 22.98 in her first run, managing a slightly more respectable 60.78 on her second, but was still levels below the top performers of the day.
The Big air medallist in 2018 Anna Gasser qualified with the fourth-best score of 75.00 but performed poorly scoring 35.01 and 43.58 in her first and second runs respectively.
USA’s Julia Marino knocked Sadowski-Synnott off her perch with a score of 87.68 in her second run but failed on her second attempt, only scoring 28.15.
Murse gained a point on her second attempt with a slightly better score of 49.05 but had a lot to do if she was going to build on her second-place qualifying finish.
Coady made up the final three after the second run, the Australian scoring a strong 82.68 on her first attempt.
USA’s Julia Marino looked on course to improve her leading score but fell on the final slope and had to settle with 60.35 but remained in the gold medal position.
Anderson’s Olympics resign came to an end after failing on her third attempt, while Gasser finished in sixth place despite recovering brilliantly on her final run as it looked as though she had lost her balance down the last slope, scoring a day’s best of 75.33.
Coady who claimed third place recorded the best score in her final attempt, but her 84.15 wasn’t enough to dismantle Marino.
Murasewent big on her third run but fell hard, guaranteeing Marino and Sadowski-Synnott a gold and a silver medal.
America’s Julia Marino claimed sliver in the second spot while Tess Coady claimed bronze.