Winter Olympics: Beau-James Wells from Wanaka named flag bearer

Rural Exchange 10/02/2018

Freeskier Beau-James Wells from Wanaka just headed off to the Winter Olympics 2018 in South Korea, and was given the honor of bearing the New Zealand flag for the opening ceremony.  

Mr Wells joined Rural Exchange to discuss his achievements and his chance of taking home a medal this year.

The freeskier is a member of one of New Zealand’s top skiing families from Wanaka. Mr Wells will compete at the games this year along with brothers Jackson and Byron Wells.

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“I feel in the best physical and mental position I’ve ever been in,” he told RadioLIVE.

The young skier finished sixth in the halfpipe at his first Olympics in Sochi four years ago. 

Mr Wells said his competing family members and himself are all young and “pretty hungry” to compete this year.

"It is my great honour to name Beau-James Wells as flag bearer," said Pete Wardell, Chef de Mission of the New Zealand Olympic Team in PyeongChang.

"Beau-James is an inspiring athlete who has been at the forefront of freesking in New Zealand. He did us proud in Sochi with a sixth place in the halfpipe while he was still a teenager and competing at his first Olympic Games."

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Watch the full interview with Beau-James Wells above. 

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