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Australia’s first medalist from the 2022 Winter Olympics left TV commentators with tears in their eyes after an elegant gesture.

Australia won its first medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics with snowboarder Tess Coady dazzling the world in the women’s slopestyle final on Sunday afternoon.

Her bronze medal created a moment in Australian sporting history never seen before as she became the first Australian woman to medal in the event.

As ultra-impressive as his performance on the board was, it was his performance at the end of the race that was truly extraordinary.

She had to endure a heartbreaking wait during the final races as she watched the best in the world try to beat her score – but when the wait was over, it was pure exhilaration.

“It was cruel. It was so wicked,” she told Channel 7 of her agonizing wait to see if she would make history.

“And they make you stand in front of the camera and stuff. Like I was hoping this (my last race) would earn me a few more points and make me feel a little safer. But without watching Anna (Gasser) and Kokomo (Murase) go down. I can’t believe he lasted. I am very happy.”

Coady won bronze in a star-studded field, which included American legend Jamie Anderson, finishing behind New Zealand gold medalist Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and American silver medalist Julia Marino.

There was huge drama at the end of the last run when Sadowski-Synnott went crazy in the very last run of the competition to go from silver to gold with a monster score of 92, 88.

When his scores were announced, a group of around eight contestants, including Coady and Marino, all rushed to congratulate the Kiwi in a moving moment of sportsmanship.

The close scrum eventually collapsed, leaving most of the contestants lying on the ground in a heap.

Seeing almost all of the final attack on the Sadowski-Synnott pitch with enthusiasm left Australian commentators Scott McGrory and Mitchell Tomlinson emotional during the live TV broadcast on Channel 7.

“That’s what we talk about, that’s what we love. It brings tears to our eyes,” Tomlinson said.

“For those sitting at home, can you think of a scenario at the Summer Olympics where the gold medal position is ripped off, but you go and give the new gold medalist a hug. That’s what we love about it. They have so much love and respect for each other.”

Lassila also lost his words in front of the sports display.

Channel 7 released a clip of Lassila, a former Olympic champion, and commentator Jason Richardson lost it when Coady completed his final clear run.

“I have a big lump in my throat and Lydia has tears rolling down her cheek,” Richardson said.

“That’s the nature of the Winter Olympics.”

Lassila replied: “I am filled with the Olympic spirit and all that it provides. There is simply no other event like this. I just don’t get close.

Coady also looked classy after the event as she congratulated her close friend Sadowski-Synnott.

“I love these girls, we’re all so close,” she said of the wild hug they shared at the end of the event.

“It’s not like a lot of sports where everyone is crazy about competition. There’s nothing better than seeing someone land a good run. Julia has been struggling for a year or two and she was riding so well in training. It was so good to see her get something good because she deserved to be on that podium. Zoi is one of my best friends. I’m so, so incredibly happy for her. She deserved this victory.

The 21-year-old was one of the bad luck stories of the 2018 Games when a bizarre training injury on the eve of the event cost her the chance to be the youngest Australian to compete at the Games from PyeongChang.

His luck was reversed.

Coady qualified for the finals as the No. 8 ranked boarder, but arrived at Genting Snow Park H&S Stadium on Sunday as a woman on a mission.

Her first run blew the field away as she fired massive airs to score 82.68.

She was knocked down in the second innings, but was still in medal position going into the final innings.

Coady then produced a silky clean final run that saw her improve her score to 84.15 – just short of silver.