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It was the final run of the competition, the final jump of the run. Out of the blue sky came Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, a 20-year-old from New Zealand, and now the undisputed queen of slopestyle snowboarding.

She spun herself through the air with the second of back-to-back 1080s, knowing that a solid landing would win gold. She hit the ground hard but square. Her hands nearly dropped to the snow, then raised to the heavens in victory.

“The best run of my life,” Sadowski-Synnott said later, mostly proud to become the first athlete from New Zealand to ever win a gold medal at the Winter Games.

The other medalists instantly smothered her, a rolling pile of joy and relief in the snow, as the judges computed the winning score: a 92.8, just ahead of the American Julia Marino, who earned silver, and Tess Coady of Australia, thrilled to have bronze.

“She’s the one that’s taking the sport to the next level,” Marino said of Sadowski-Synnott. “I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

Yet there was a missing character in the drama. When the announcer introduced the three medalists to the smattering of fans at Genting Snow Park, a traditional bit of pomp and circumstance in front of a pandemic-cleared grandstand, the American Jamie Anderson wasn’t mentioned.


Credit…Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

Anderson, the two-time gold medalist, the only woman to have previously won the slopestyle event at the Olympics, finished ninth.

“I feel so sad to not be able to put down a run, but I feel relieved that it’s over, because it’s a really high-stress week here,” Anderson said. “And I genuinely feel so happy for the girls.”

Each athlete had three chances to navigate a technical section of rails and a series of jumps, with the single best score declared the winner.

Anderson was clumsy, by her best-in-history standards. On her first run, near the top of the course, she muffed a relatively simple landing off a rail feature, one built of snow blocks to evoke a section of the Great Wall. She fell onto her backside, slid back to her feet and coasted down the rest of the course.

Her final two runs never had the expected pop that Anderson has brought to snowboarding for more than a decade. Like the others in the slopestyle field, she will take part in the one-jump big air competition, more than a week away.

“I feel like I don’t want to freaking compete anymore, it’s so stressful,” Anderson said, adding that she hoped the result would provide motivation to “go kill it in big air and win a medal.”

The day before, in qualifying for the final, Anderson had seemed uncomfortable with the course, the cold temperatures and the swirling winds. She found the artificial snow uncharacteristically firm and unforgiving.


Credit…Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

It was a bit warmer on Sunday, the day of the final, with a temperature of minus-4 degrees Fahrenheit at the start of the contest. Sadowski-Synnott got off to a hot start with a first-run score of 84.51 that her rivals spent the next two heats chasing.

Marino did catch up, bumping herself up to first place, and then Coady did too, temporarily shuffling Sadowski-Synnott to third.

Marino, 24, stayed in first place all the way to the end — a result that would have qualified as a surprise. She shot into slopestyle five years ago by winning the X Games as a rookie and has been a solid top-tier presence on the circuit since. Earning a medal at these Olympics might have been a hope, but not an expectation.

When Sadowski-Synnott landed on the final jump, Marino knew she had been bumped from the top spot. She never showed a wink of disappointment.

“Any medal for me in the Olympics, I can’t be disappointed at all,” Marino said. “I just want to see my friends succeed and do well. To be a part of that means a lot to me.”

It was the first medal won by an American at these Olympics. But the day belonged to Sadowski-Synnott. She beat Anderson two weeks ago at the X Games in Aspen, and came to Beijing to avenge what she considered a major disappointment — a 13th-place finish at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, when she was only 16 but deemed a major up-and-coming talent.

Her victory at these Olympics affirms that she has supplanted Anderson as the queen of slopestyle, perhaps the start of a reign that stretches many years.


Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

“A hundred percent, Jamie is absolutely amazing and continues to inspire me every step of the way,” Sadowski-Synnott said.

Anderson’s persona is that of a ray of sunshine, a bright-sider with a side of hippie. But the past year has been especially hard. The Caldor wildfire last summer chewed through more than 200,000 acres of the Sierra Nevada, near Lake Tahoe. Anderson’s family home was in the path, and her father, a retired firefighter, ignored evacuation orders to help protect it. The fire consumed Sierra-at-Tahoe, Anderson’s home ski area, which is now trying to rebuild.

She struggled to decide if she wanted to compete at these Games, given everything — the fire, the pandemic, the location in China, the energy it would consume in her life.

She went for it, then struggled uncharacteristically in competitions. She pulled it together in January, just in time for the X Games, where she finished second to Sadowski-Synnott in both slopestyle and big air. She became engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Tyler Nicholson, a Canadian snowboarder.

She did not say if these would be her last Olympics, the way Shaun White just announced they would be his.

But her sport has been infused with youth, an echo of Anderson’s influence. In a world where the tricks just get harder, the toughest thing is getting better as you get older.

“Even if I was a little bit of that inspiration for some of the younger girls,” Anderson said, “I feel so proud and so grateful.”







Zoi Sadowski Synnott

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New Zealand


Julia Marino

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United States


Tess Coady

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Credit…Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times


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Title: Zoi Sadowski-Synnott Leads Slopestyle’s New Guard
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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
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