Team USA won their first 2022 Winter Games medal in the women’s snowboarding style. Julia Marino and Jaelin Kauf won their first medals in Winter Olympics 2022 from USA. New Zealand won its first gold medal in Winter Olympics. To go from second to first and take the win. All of that came down to the final race of the contest when Zoi Sadowski-Synnott put in a huge, clean run. That featured a 900 shift in the rear, 1080 in the double cork front as well as 1080 in the rear on the jumps. She gave the New Zealander her second career Olympic medal, and after the bronze medal she won in the air, she won her country’s first gold at the 2018 Games.
Sadowski-Synnott, 20, became the slight favorite but was expected to battle American Jamie, the event’s two-time gold medalist, for victory. On the other hand, Anderson crashed in two out of her three races. And she made a mistake in the third, putting her out of contention for the medal. Instead, Anderson’s teammate, Connecticut native Julia Marino, stepped up to challenge Sadowski-Synnott for the win.
Despite being on the list as a gold medal contender four years ago in PyeongChang, Marino was rather under the ‘radar’ entering those Olympics. His second run included a cab double under ‘flip 900 ‘and a ‘front side double cork 1080’. However, it was debatably the ‘best of his career.’ After all the scores came in, Marino’s run was more than enough for a silver medal, giving the USA its first hardware of present ‘Games of the year.’ It took her to the top of the standings until the final Sadowski-Synnott race.
Sadowski-Synnott, Marino, Anderson, and the remaining Slopestyle athletes still enclose one more chance to race ‘Big Air’ in eight days.
After Julia Marino, we need to talk about another player Jaelin Kauf who also won the first medal for the USA in Winter Olympics. In her second Olympic appearance, American freestyle skier Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyoming) captured Olympic silver in the ‘Women’s Moguls’ at the ‘Winter Olympics-2022‘ behind Australia’s Jakara. Anthony was the first Australian woman to win a ‘Mogul Medal.’ She is the Second ‘Winter Games- Medalist’ for the US. She is also the second silver medalist after Julia’s second-place finish in slopestyle snowboarding.
Kauf was the daughter of two professional Ski Magnates. Also, she finished her seventh one at the PyeongChang Olympics, 2018. American skiers Olivia Giaccio finished the sixth one. Having finished seventh and Kai Owens finishing his tenth overall, Hannah Soar did not move to the final.
The United States entered into the ‘second day of the figure skating team event’ with a 2-point lead. Two additional events were the ‘women’s short program’ and the ‘men’s free skate.’ After those two events, the USA ended the day looking up with three points behind the ‘ROC.’
ROC 15-year-old Phenom Kamila Valieva was perfect on ice in the women’s short program. She happened to be the fourth woman to win a ‘Triple Axel’ at the Olympics. For the United States, Karen Chen stumbled to fifth.
The United States designated Vincent Zhou to the men’s free skate ice. His rank was ‘number three,’ and he was behind Yuma Kagiyama from Japan and ROC’s Mark Kandratiuk.
Three stages of the team event remain to decide the medal winners: pairs free skate, free dance, and free skate.