21 Feb 2016

Wells skis to bronze in Korea

1:28 pm on 21 February 2016

The Wanaka freeskier Jossi Wells has won bronze at the penultimate slopestyle World Cup event of the season in Korea.

Henrik Harlaut, Alex Bellemare and Jossi Wells.

Henrik Harlaut, Alex Bellemare and Jossi Wells. Photo: Snow Sports NZ

The challenging Bokwang Phoenix Park course played to the Kiwi's strengths as he made full use of the rail and jump features, pulling out an impressive repertoire of tricks.

The medal winners' scores were separated by less than one point.

Gold went to Alex Bellemare, the 22-year old Canadian bringing home his first World Cup win.

He edged Henrik Harlaut into silver by .6 of a point after the Swede squeaked into the finals as tenth best qualifier.

Wells' medal winning run came down to his final attempt after his first two run scores sat outside of the medals.

"We knew we were on the right track but Jossi just needed to do the run really cleanly to get onto the podium," explains coach Bruce Wells.

Keeping a cool head and focusing on the task in hand, Wells nailed his final run for a score of 92.80 and the bronze medal.

Wells has been in exceptional form all season also winning gold at X Games earlier this month and silver at the Dew Tour in December.

Later on Sunday, fellow Cardrona NZ Park & Pipe team, Christy Prior will compete in the women's snowboard slopestyle finals, looking to repeat her qualifying performance which saw her top of the field ahead of Olympic gold medallist Jamie Anderson of the USA.

Jossi's run

1st feature: (a)Down flat down. Right 270 pretzel (Left)270 off

2nd feature: (a) Quarterpipe to hitching post. Forward to switch, stall, shifty(b) Flatrail. Switch on forward off. (c) Down flat down rail. Forward on, left 180,continue to switch off

3rd feature(a)"Frank the tank". Switch left 270 on, off forward. (b)Corrugated tube. Left on to 50/50 to 180 off

1st Jump-Right dub 10 safety grab

2nd jump-Left dub 12- mute grab

3rd Jump-left dub 10-safety