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American Julia Marino claims silver while snowboarding – San Bernardino Sun

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By EDDIE PELLS

ZHANGJIAKOU, China – She shrunk the “Great Wall”. She navigated and dominated, the most difficult road she had ever driven. But if Zoi Sadowski Synnott thinks the hard part is over once she crosses the Olympic finish line, she has something else coming up.

More importantly, New Zealand’s first Winter Olympics champion had silver and bronze medals slamming right into her.

After watching the race that took them down one Sunday, American Julia Marino and Australian Tess Coady ran outside and wrestled the new sledding Kiwi champion into a doghouse in the snow. They are celebrating a day that women’s skiing has been waiting four years to see.

“Pretty sick,” said Sadowski Synnott. “It’s been a pretty special competition, especially after the last Olympics where we had some pretty tough conditions.”

Nothing comes easy with the Secret Garden Olympic Slopestyle course, an aesthetic masterpiece with a replica of the Great Wall adorned throughout the super grand layout.

But four years ago in Pyeongchang, a woman snowboarding had a black eye. Forced to compete in windy conditions that sent Alpine skiers home on a different part of the mountain, American Jamie Anderson won a contest where 51 of 60 runs ended with one hand. race in her rear, or slowly slide off the track, unable to navigate the shifting winds.

The percentages weren’t much better on Sunday either – in the three-round final, 25 of the 36 runs were canceled or entered the water, in large part due to the hard ice and corner runs. kick players.

“We have never really seen a course like this before,” says Marino.

The difference, however, is how the top handles the challenge.

In which Anderson, through no fault of her own, won the 2018 contest with the offensive tricks of more than a decade earlier, Sadowski Synnott won Sunday with a tough combination best in sport – a run built for 2022.

Following Marino as she headed into the final lap of the competition, she nailed the 1080s two buttons in a row. That’s the combination she used two weekends ago to win a gold medal at the X Winter Olympics. Before that, no woman had ever won it in a competition.

Sadowski Synnott talks about his repeat performance on a bright sunny day when the wind chill dropped to minus-13 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-25 degrees Celsius).

Anderson finished ninth and failed to get through a lap in three runs unscathed. It’s been a tough road to the Olympics for the champion, including a break-in to her car, several out of character competitions, and overall that she just doesn’t feel it. .

But she, like everyone else on the mountain, knows what this contest means.

Anderson, 31, said: “I’m really happy for Zoi and Tess and just want to see where and how far skiing has come to the girls. “Even if I’ve given that little bit of inspiration to some young girls, I feel so proud and grateful.”

Everyone was – even the one who finished in second place.

https://www.sbsun.com/2022/02/05/snowboarding-shines-new-zealand-gets-1st-winter-games-win/ American Julia Marino claims silver while snowboarding – San Bernardino Sun

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