Slopestyle snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott said her dad’s cuss-filed celebration at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing was fueled by a little liquid courage.
After Sadowski-Synnott secured New Zealand’s first-ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics, a reporter spoke to her father, Sean, about how proud he was, to which he replied, “I’m pretty f—king excited, to be honest.”
Viral footage of the expletive shows Sean reacting to his daughter’s performance, saying, “She was f–king crazy.”
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The reporter just nodded his head while the proud dad let a few F-bombs fly.
“Yeah, I think really that he had a few too many drinks at that point, but you can’t really blame him, it was Waitangi Day in New Zealand (a national holiday) and his daughter just won the Olympics so..!” a laughing Sadowski-Synnott told Reuters.
“The last 24 hours has been a whirlwind, super-stoked to be standing here with gold around my neck.”
Sadowski-Synnott, who turns 21 next month, won New Zealand’s first gold in the women’s slopestyle, becoming her county’s first gold medallist at the Winter Games.
She also won the bronze medal in the women’s big air at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and won the women’s slopestyle title at the 2019 World Championships.
Last month, Sadowski-Synnott finished second in the slopestyle event at the U.S. Grand Prix World Cup in California.
Sadowski-Synnott’s coach, Sean Thomson, said “kiwi delight,” a popular drink being served all over Beijing had her dad’s emotions running high.
“He’s amazing, it just was so cool to see the emotion coming out of him in that clip,” Thomson told Reuters.
“We loved it and we loved all the support from back home with friends and family. It’s just really special what Zoi has done here, and to see everyone react the way they have been doing is just something else.”
Just over a week later, she captured the gold medal in the slopestyle event and the big air event at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.