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Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski Synnott produced the “best run of my life” to win New Zealand’s first Winter Olympics gold medal ever at the Beijing Games on Sunday.

The 20-year-old, clad in all black, came from behind to snatch the women’s snowboard slopestyle title with an incredible final run, the last of the competition. She landed a gargantuan backside double 1080 on her final jump to earn a score of 92.88, overtaking American Julia Marino for the lead.

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