Watch: Beaming Zoi Sadowski-Synnott awarded bronze medal after historic Winter Olympics performance

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It was hours after her historic performance in the Ladies' Big Air final, but New Zealand snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott was still wearing the same massive grin at her medal ceremony that she made after finding out she was a Winter Olympics bronze medallist.

And who can blame her.

The 16-year-old stunned her field to score 157.50 in yesterday's final - enough to claim third place and finally end New Zealand's 26-year medal drought at the Winter Games.

She said she was super proud to be standing next to some of her idols on the podium.

Zoi's parents Sean Synnott and Robyn Sadowski were on hand to witness the 16-year-old leap into history.
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"It was pretty crazy, I was standing next to Jamie Anderson and Anna Gasser, those riders I have looked up to and still look up to and it was just crazy," Sadowski-Synnott told 1 NEWS' Kimberlee Downs.

Sadowski-Synnott was presented her medal by fellow Kiwi Barry Maister who competed for New Zealand as a field hockey player at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal but has since become a current member of the International Olympic Committee.

Sadowski-Synnott, 16, said she couldn't believe she was standing next to some of her snowboarding idols on the podium in PyeongChang.
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The Kiwi pair shared a smile and fist-bump as Maister placed the bronze medal around her neck.

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