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Zoi Sadowski-Synnott was planning to head to Canada this week and would remain overseas for some months.
That would mean not celebrating her 21st birthday with her family on March 6 nor attending her older brother Harrison’s wedding in about six weeks’ time.
But the family was undeniably proud of Sadowski-Synnott, who topped the big air leaderboard until she conceded the gold to Austria’s Anna Gasser.
Japanese rider Kokomo Murase claimed bronze.
"Zoi says it comes down to the day. You know, you can do whatever you can through the years ... but you never know what can happen," Robin Sadowski said.
Father Sean Synnott said: "She was that close to a gold medal, but by no means can you take that away from Anna Gasser. She’s an outstanding performer.
"Zoi did her best on the day and she’s come away with another medal."
Wanaka’s outdoor Winter Olympics fan zone was full of cheering supporters.
When Sadowski-Synnott missed her landing on her final shot for gold, there were shouts of despair, but plenty of applause for her silver success.
"I think Zoi was planning to come home with some medals from this Olympic cycle," former Olympic freeskier Janina Kuzma said.
"We are super proud and we can’t wait to see what she does next."
Wanaka’s fan zone continues this week, and will be humming again when Wanaka freeski medal hope Nico Porteous competes in the halfpipe qualifying tomorrow and, hopefully, the final on Saturday.