Lyndon Sheehan, Beau James Wells and Jossi Wells the three skiers representing New Zealand at inaugral Olympic Halfpipe competition all threw down in the snowy qualifiers and booked themselves a berth in the twelve man final.
While our guys felt quite at home in the rough conditions the adverse weather saw some big names crash out in the qualifiers leaving the door open for a surprise
With the snow still falling for the finals the boys took their place in history as they challenged for the first ever halpipe medals.
Jossi Wells was the only one of them to stomp a clean first run which included a dub 12 and dub flair which scored him a 85.60 to sit in 3rd after run one, behind David Wise and Kevin Rolland.
Stepping things up to a whole new level in his second run Beau-James Wells tidied up on execution on his back to back dubs and landed one of the best runs of his career to score 80.00.
Lyndon also stepped up in run two despite the worsing conditions and upped his score to 72.60
With Canadian Mike Riddle posting 90.60 on his second run Jossi was pushed out of third place and the pressure was on for his second run. He couldn’t quite find the finesse of his first run and the score of 78.40 would not be enough to see Jossi Wells claim an Olympic podium. Jossi would finish agonisingly close in fourth place, ending his Sochi 2014 campaign with mixed feelings about the result.
“I’m feeling pretty happy,” he commented after the competition. “I definitely skied the best pipe runs I’ve done ever.
“I’m really happy with how I skied tonight; that’s what I came out here to do. I didn’t have any expectation tonight. To land those runs I did I was really, really happy. To come fourth is pretty cool for me for a pipe event, I haven’t really been riding a whole lot of pipe recently.”
In the end it was 3 Kiwis in the top ten of the Olympic final with Jossi 4th, Beau 6th and Lyndon 9th and a amazing day for New Zealand Skiing.
The Gold medal went to pre-event favourite and X Games champ David Wise from USA, with Frenchman Kevin Rolland in Silver and Mike Riddle in Bronze
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