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

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.

Zoi's parents Sean Synnott and Robyn Sadowski were on hand to witness the 16-year-old leap into history. Source: Seven Sharp

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

"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, 16, said she couldn't believe she was standing next to some of her snowboarding idols on the podium in PyeongChang. Source: 1 NEWS

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.

The Kiwi pair shared a smile and fist-bump as Maister placed the bronze medal around her neck.