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