Zoi Sadowski Synnott received a nice confidence boost to becoming the first gold medal winner in any sport for New Zealand at the Olympic Winter Games when she topped the snowboard slopestyle qualification event on Saturday (5 February),

The reigning slopestyle world champion was third after her opening run, but she put down an impressive second run to pick a score of 86.75 points which was enough to take her to the top of the scoresheet.

"I was pretty stoked on that one to put it down and link all the tricks together. It feels good coming in tomorrow after putting that one down." - Zoi Sadowski Synnott

Teenager Murase Kokomo from Japan was the only other athlete to break the 80-points barrier, the 17-year-old finished second with a score of 81.45 points.

Finland's Enni Rukajarvi completed the top three with a score of 78.83 points while PyeongChang 2018 big air gold medallist Anna Gasser was fourth with 75.00 points.

The top 12 athletes from today's qualification runs have earned their place in the final which will take place on Sunday (6 February) starting from 9:30 am local time.

Here is the list of finalists:

  1. Zoi SADOWSKI SYNNOTT (NZL)
  2. MURASE Kokomo (JPN)
  3. Enni RUKAJARVI (FIN)
  4. Anna GASSER (AUT)
  5. Jamie ANDERSON (USA)
  6. Julia MARINO (USA)
  7. Laurie BLOUIN (CAN)
  8. Tess COADY (AUS)
  9. Hailey LANGLAND (USA)
  10. Annika MORGAN (GER)
  11. IWABUCHI Reira (JPN)
  12. Ariane BURRI (SUI)

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