As per the international competition rules, qualification scores can stand as the official result if the is a force majeure situation where the finals can not be run, and that rule was invoked on Sunday when it became clear that it would be impossible to run a safe final round for the top eight ladies’ of the Utah 2019 slopestyle competition.
With the decision, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott would earn the first-ever world championships gold medal for an athlete from New Zealand with a score of 91.75, capping off an incredible 12 months in which the 17-year-old also won bronze at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic big air competition, and slopestyle gold at the X Games last month.
“I really liked the course,” Zoi Sadowski-Synnott said after the awards ceremony was held on Sunday, “I thought it had a really nice flow. I love the options for the rails. They gave you a ton to experiment with and get creative with. I was really stoked with yesterday’s run. I dropped second from last, I put down my first run and was really really happy - I got my rail line and then my jump suite which I hadn’t been getting in practice.”
2nd place went to Silje Norendal from Norway with a score of 88.75, giving the 25-year-old her second world champs podium in as many starts, after she took bronze at the Sierra Nevada 2017 competition.
3rd place went to Jamie Anderson, took Utah 2019 bronze with a score of 87.25, giving her her first career world championships medal in her one and only world champs start.