Teens end 26-year medal drought

Two teenagers have won bronze medals for New Zealand at the Winter Olympics in PeyongChang, breaking a long-standing medal drought at the competition.

Zoi Sadowski-Synott from Wanaka claimed the bronze medal in the snowboarding big air event, while Nico Porteous of Christchurch also finished third in the freeski halfpipe event.

Porteous’ win was made all the more special as, at 16, he became the youngest ever Olympic medal winner in Aotearoa.

Meanwhile, Sadowski-Synott’s bronze represented the first time in 26 years that a New Zealander has won a medal at the Winter Olympics.