Winter Olympics: Zoi Sadowski-Synnott still shocked by bronze medal

Winter Olympics 2018: Sadowski-Synnott, 16, wins New Zealand's first Games medal since 1992

Kiwi teens make history with double bronze

"My parents got a ski ramp for my brother for his birthday and we got to skate on it".

The Wanaka snowboarder broke New Zealand's 26-year medal drought after nabbing a bronze medal at the big air event at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

"I don't think anything can match this for a while".

"My heart kind of dropped and I was like, 'Is this really happening?' It is hard to explain".

"Zoi is feeling really good".

"If you're 12 years old and really love snowboarding and want to give it a go, in four years time you could be standing on a podium and that's pretty cool".

Sadowski-Synnott posted an impressive score of 157.50 after landing a double wildcat (two mid-air backflips with a grab) in her first run, which was followed up by a Switchback 900 (two and a half mid-air rotations) in the second.

"I'm sure when we get back to New Zealand it will sink in but right now I'm just happy that I got a medal for New Zealand and made them proud".

She still hasn't landed it.

"We planned everything out last night - what each run was going to be...it all went to plan except that last run".

Wednesday's two bronze medals were the first for New Zealand at the Winter Olympics, since Annelise Coberger won the country's only previous medal, silver in the women's slalom in skiing in Albertville in 1992.

However, she was bumped to the second-youngest just hours later when Nico Porteous won bronze in the men's freeski halfpipe competition.

"I'm absolutely rapt with how everything's gone".

"Some people might be surprised to hear that, but we knew we had athletes with the ability to win medals, we thought we had 5 or 6 genuine chances, and in these sports knowing that you can fall over, out of six we thought we could convert two or three".

He hoped Zoi's medal would encourage more people to get involved in the sport.

She was without a doubt a "student of the shred", he told Newstalk ZB. "The plan was to head back to Colorado for the US Open, then after the US Open that will be when our season finishes up and we will be coming back to New Zealand to have a bit of downtime, relax and enjoy it all".

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