Zoi Sadowski-Synnott claims snowboarding triple crown with US Open win

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Saturday, 2 March 2019, 12:58PM
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New Zealand's Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has claimed a triple crown in snowboarding with a slopestyle victory at the US Open Colorado this morning.

The US Open title was the third leg of the triple crown, after Sadowski-Synnott won the world championship and X Games gold in Aspen in January.

"I can't even explain how I'm feeling right now," said Sadowski-Synnott.

"It means so much, it was one of the first contests I watched when I started snowboarding and I'm just so happy to be here.

"It's been an amazing season and I wanted to finish it on a high and I'm just so happy to do it here at the Open."

Sadowski-Synnott came in to the final as the top qualifier and was the last of the six competitors to drop in to the course.

Sadowski-Synnott lived up to her billing as the competition's top qualifier with an emphatic opening run to earn a score of 82.55, which sent her top of the leaderboard.

Poor conditions made for challenging second runs for all the competitors as the snowfall and strong winds limited visibility. With closest rival Julia Mariano failing on her third run, the Olympic bronze medallist's final run was nothing more than a casual victory lap.

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