Byron Wells flying high at the Winter Olympics

Drive 21/02/2018

A trio of New Zealand freestyle skiers, including both of the Wells brothers, are through to the final of the men's half-pipe event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Byron Wells claimed fourth in qualifying with an 88.6 point run. Beau-James Wells and Nico Porteous qualified fifth and eleventh respectively.

Byron joined Stephen McIvor from Pyeongchang to try put into words his excitement for tomorrows final.

Mr Wells says he couldn't be happier, especially given his disappointment in Sochi.

I'm over the moon.

In the halfpipe event, judges look for altitude and the difficulty/execution of the trick, but Mr Wells says that when so many of the runs are quite similar, some of the judges start to look at the style.

Mr Wells added that both himself and his brother definitely have a few more tricks up their sleeves for the final.

He says they knew qualifying was simply a matter of landing runs, so they chose to save the big guns for tomorrow.

With his brother Beau-James also in the final, the brotherly rivalry is definitely heating up he says.

"We've always been pushing each other really hard [..] and the fact that we're dropping in one after the other is quite special as well."

Listen to the full interview Byron Wells above.

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