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World freestyle silver for NZ snowboarder

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/03/2017

New Zealand snowboarder Zoi Sadowski Synnott has finished second in her first freestyle world championships in Spain.

The 16-year-old from Wanaka tackled difficult conditions in the snowboard slopestyle competition, with warm temperatures in Sierra Nevada making it challenging to land her best run.

Sadowski Synnott, who had qualified fifth, didn't take enough speed into the second jump of her first run in the softening conditions and couldn't nail the landing.

Sitting seventh going into her final run, she adjusted well, jumping into first place after her second run scored 77.50.

Canadian rider Laurie Blouin scored a 78.00 to snatch gold with defending champion Miyabi Onitsuka of Japan third on 77.40.

"I'm just stoked to put down a run," Sadowski Synnott said afterwards.

"I was happy to get into finals. Yeah, I was half a point away from the title, but I'm just so happy to be on the podium."

New Zealand team-mates Carlos Garcia-Knight and Tiarn Collins finished seventh and eighth respectively in the men's final.

The New Zealand snowboard team has a couple of days to rest before the big air competition next week, and will be joined by their freeski team-mates for the second week of the world championships.

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