Tess Coady wins Australia’s first Beijing 2022 medal, snowboard slopestyle final


Snowboarder Tess Coady won Australia’s first Beijing 2022 medal, winning bronze in the women’s snowboard slopestyle final.

After scoring 82.68 in her first run, Coady held third place and finished her final run with a score of 84.15 to secure the bronze medal.

The gold medal went to New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, who scored 92.88 to claim her country’s first-ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics, while silver went to Julia Marino (87.68) of the United States.

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The medal for Coady was extra special after suffering an ACL injury just days before she was due to compete at the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

Team Australia’s Tess Coady celebrates her bronze medal after competing in the women’s snowboarding Slopestyle final (Getty)

“It was crazy and so crazy. I’m dying. It was so crazy,” she said after her run.

“I came back, I had my redemption yesterday and today I wanted to have the best time, make the most of it and just send it.”

The 21-year-old said the setback of injury and the corresponding four-year journey helped bring her to where she is today.

“It’s crazy to do that kind of touring when you’re a teenager. It’s pretty easy to walk up to that big stage and think you’re a rock star and stuff like that happened [to me],” she said.

“I just got complacent and stopped working hard. And, yeah, it was totally like the kick in the ass I needed to get down to business.

“When I came back to the snow, I had no more excuses.”

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