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Free Skiing Success Continues for Wanaka Brothers


Free Skiing Success Continues for Wanaka Brothers

Free skiing’s Wells brothers are continuing to make their mark in the USA with eldest brother, Jossi (15) taking out second in the slopestyle and sixth in the halfpipe during the prestigious Aspen/Snowmass Open. Byron (13) and Beau-James (10) both made it through to the semi finals in the halfpipe, despite being half the age of most of the other competitors.

The Aspen/Snowmass Open showcases the biggest names in skiing and snowboarding as well as providing a platform for up-and-coming athletes to compete in a high level event at the same venue as the Winter X Games.

"I was competing with some of the best in the world,” said Jossi. “I had been skiing well in training and knew my body could do the work - I just had to make sure my mind didn’t get in the way at big competitions! I have been working a lot on mental preparation for such big events."

Then next competition for the Wanaka brothers is the World Superpipe Championships in Park City, Utah on 12 March. Both Byron and Jossi have received an invitation to attend, Byron to forerun the event and Jossi to compete, looking to build on last year’s placing of eighth.

In April Jossi has been invited to Candide Thorvex's Invitational in La Clusaz, France and Jon Olsson's Invitational in Sweden. Both of these events are for the top 15 free skiers in the world. On April 7-9 Byron has been selected by Ski Racing New Zealand to race in the Whistler Cup in Canada. This is a prestigious international children's race. A week after that Jossi will join him in Whistler where they have both been invited to compete in the World Freeskiing Invitational.


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