A power-packed day in the Winter Olympics comes to an end with Zoe Sadowski-Synnott emerging as the hero for New Zealand and adverse weather conditions forces to postpone the Men’s Downhill Alpine Skiing event.
The New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Teams on Twitter- “HISTORY MADE. Zoi Sadowski-Synnott wins New Zealand’s first ever GOLD medal at an Olympic Winter Games! Could not be more proud right now.” Zoi claimed the country’s first ever Winter Olympics gold medal in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle with an impressive final run that saw her finish with 92.88 points.
Julia Marino of the United States came second followed by Australia’s Tess Coady. Jamie Anderson of the US missed out on her third Olympic gold after she sat down on a landing and finished ninth.
Host China won its first gold of Beijing 2022 when the Short Track Speed Skating Mixed Relay team beat Italy to take the gold. The last leg of the relay was delivered by Wu Dajing, who won China’s only gold medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
While Dajing was lauded on the Chinese social media for his performance, China’s California-born figure skater Zhu Yi faced a firestorm of attack on social media after she fell flat on the ice on her Olympic debut. The social media users raised the question about why an American-born skater was picked to represent China ahead of an athlete born in the country.
25-year old Alexander Bolshunov won the Men’s Skiathlon and claimed the ROC’s first gold at Beijing 2022. He finished the 30km cross-country skiing event in 1:16:9.8. Denis Spitsov of the ROC finished in second position and Finland’s Iivo Niskanen took bronze. Bolshunov picked up three silvers and a bronze in Pyeongchang.
A breathless finish to the Men’s 5000m Speed Skating final saw Sweden’s Nils van der Poel setting a new Olympic record of 6:08.84 and snatch the gold medal. Patrick Roest of the Netherlands set a new Olympic Record early on, clocking a time of 6:9:31 to give himself the lead. But the Swede stuck his toe out to stretch over the line and creep ahead of Roest’s time. Roest had to settle for silver while Hallgeir Engebraaten of Norway took the bronze.
Australia’s Jakara Anthony won gold in Women’s Moguls, who finished about two points away from claiming a first Olympic medal in Pyeongchang 2018. Jakarta finished with a score of 83.09 to win gold. American Jaelin Kauf finished with a silver medal while Anastasiia Smirnova of the ROC claimed bronze.
Ryoyu Kobayashi won the gold medal in the Men’s Normal Hill Ski Jumping. The 25-year-old Japanese athlete finished with a combined score of 275 points. Austria’s Manuel Fettner won silver and Poland’s Dawid Kubacki won bronze. the 25-year-old Japanese star finished with a combined score of 275 points, five points ahead of Austria’s Manuel Fettner in silver and Poland’s Dawid Kubacki bronze.
Johannes Ludwig of Germany won gold in Men’s Singles Luge with a time of 3:48.735 while Wolfgang Kindl of Austria took home silver and Dominik Fischnaller of Italy won bronze.