What. A. Final. As BBC commentators Tim Wardwood and Ed Leigh said so eloquently “this is a Gold Medal for women’s snowboarding”. Hypothetical medals aside, it was pistols at dawn for a showdown and Anna Gasser managed to successfully defend her Gold from Pyeongchang by pulling out a beautiful cab 1260 on her third and final run. Sitting in second place at drop-in, she knew she had to deliver something special and well and truly pulled it out the bag.
The new Sultanah of Slopestyle, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took home silver with two heavy first hits, but she couldn’t quite hit the landing on the 12 in her last run. The main takeaway here has to be the fact that Zoi S-S has a deep bag of tricks, but her landings are even deeper. A fantastic show from the young Kiwi, her full send commitment is forcing other riders to up their game across the board.
Japan’s Kokomo Murase landed a well-deserved Bronze medal with her stellar ‘tricks, flicks and skills’ as BBC puts it. She knuckled her BS 12 but put down both her 1080’s and was leading the field at one point. She’s the first Japanese athlete to take home a medal in Big Air, and also the youngest female snowboarder to win at these games. A huge shoutout to Reira Iwabuchi as well for attempting the worlds first triple cork in women’s Olympic history, she scrubbed the landing but it’s the thought that counts, eh?