Dad Praised For 'Hilarious' Live Reaction To Daughter Winning New Zealand's First-Ever Gold

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Dad Praised For 'Hilarious' Live Reaction To Daughter Winning New Zealand's First-Ever Gold
Dad Praised For 'Hilarious' Live Reaction To Daughter Winning New Zealand's First-Ever Gold (Alamy/NewsHub)

A father's reaction to his daughter making Winter Olympic history has been dubbed 'so Kiwi' as he drops not one but two F-bombs on live TV.

Sean Synott watched his daughter Zoi Sadowski-Synott take gold in the women's slopestyle snowboarding event in Beijing to become New Zealand's first-ever Winter Olympic champion, and he could barely contain his excitement when interviewed about her accomplishment moments later.

Put it down to the shock, or perhaps the time difference, or maybe even a few celebratory pints, but Synott's piece on live television didn't exactly go to plan, leaving viewers in stitches.



'The only thing I looked for was her younger sister's reaction,' the real estate agent said when asked about his family's response to Zoi taking gold. 'She was f***** crazy, she was going off the roof.'

'I'm pretty f***ing excited to be honest and I'm really happy to see all the investment from all of these people has turned out,' he told the Newshub interviewer.

Synott also offered a bizarre response when asked about what it had taken for his daughter to reach the levels she's achieved in the sport, saying, 'Well the toilet blocked up this morning, ah, yesterday morning.'


The proud dad later revealed that while he'd stayed up till the wee hours watching Zoi compete, he'd yet to see her actually receive her gold medal, having gone to bed amid all the excitement.


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''I haven't actually seen the medal ceremony yet but I'm sure there'll be a flood of tears,' he told RNZ, before joking, 'After my couple of F-bombs on live TV and two big whiskeys, I slept pretty well.'

Synott's comments have quickly gone viral on social media, as his fellow New Zealanders can't get enough of the over-the-moon dad's reaction.

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (Alamy)
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (Alamy)

'The joy of seeing your child taking on the world and winning! Just brilliant,' one person tweeted, with another writing, 'If I ever win an Olympic medal my dad better be at least this excited for me.'

At just 20 years old, Sadowski-Synott is already a two-time world champion, and pulled out the 'run of her life' in her third and final attempt during the slopestyle final to come from second place to take the gold ahead of Julia Marino of the USA, before being mobbed by her fellow competitors when she was confirmed as the winner.

Despite now becoming a national hero in her home country, the Kiwi has said she's trying to 'keep her head' with another event still to come, per the NZ Herald.

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Hannah Smith

Hannah is a London-based journalist covering news and features for UNILAD. She's especially interested in social and political activism and culture.

Topics: News, Sport, Olympics, New Zealand