Winter Olympics: Tess Coady crashes out of women’s Big Air final on brink of Olympic Games history

Samantha RogersThe West Australian
Tess Coady had the chance to do what no Australian has done before - and went within a whisker in the women’s Big Air final.
Camera IconTess Coady had the chance to do what no Australian has done before - and went within a whisker in the women’s Big Air final. Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images

Tess Coady had the chance to do what no Australian has done before - and went within a whisker in the women’s Big Air final.

The 21-year-old, who already claimed bronze in Beijing in the women’s slopestyle event, looked on track to claim a second 2022 medal after finishing the first of three jumps with the third best score of the 12 competitors - an impressive 85.00.

She crashed out in her second run, failing to get enough elevation off the jump to perform her trick - resulting in the Melbourne star botching her landing.

Coady scored just 29.75 for the run, but with only the athletes’ best two scores combined, it could have been a throwaway and she could have still become the first Australian to claim two medals at a Winter Games.

Tess Coady had the chance to do what no Australian has done before - and went within a whisker in the women’s Big Air final.
Camera IconTess Coady had the chance to do what no Australian has done before - and went within a whisker in the women’s Big Air final. Credit: Jae C. Hong/AP

Unfortunately for Coady, who needed a 86.75 to move back into bronze medal position, she landed on her left hip in her third run - crashing out on contention.

She scored just 8.5 on her final run, the worst of all finalists - and put her in ninth place in the finals with a combined score of 114.75 from her first two attempts.

Austria’s Anna Gasser defended her title to claim gold with a combined score of 185.50.

New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski Synnott (177.00), who was born and raised in Sydney, claimed silver while Kokomo Murase rounded out the podium.

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