TIGNES, France – (21 March 2013) – Jossi Wells has claimed the silver medal at the 2013 X Games in front of an exuberant French crowd. As an Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) Platinum event the Winter X Games Tignes is one of the most important competitions of the season and Jossi couldn’t be happier.
Great visibility and soft snow made for excellent conditions on the slopestyle course today in Tignes, France. Eight finalists had three runs to impress the judging panel on three jumps and three jib sections. Competing against the best freeskiers on the planet, Jossi Wells got the second highest score of the day behind McRae Williams, while Gus Kenworthy rounded off the podium; easily the best results of their season.
An unfortunate twist of fate for one can be a great opportunity for another. Andreas Håtveit unluckily tweaked his neck during practice two days ago and was unable to compete during qualifiers. As first alternate Jossi Wells was given the opportunity to compete and blew everyone away with a fantastic run, qualifying in first, while his teammate Gus Kenworthy qualified in third.
The pressure mounted in the final as both Jossi and Gus bobbled on their first two runs during and had to lay it all down on their final run through the slopes course. They did just that, both of them laid down the best slopestyle runs they have ever landed.
Jossi Wells was the last competitor to drop and came out with guns blazing launching a massive switch 630 disaster on the flat down rail, a switch 270 on 270 off the flat rail followed by a smooth switch double cork 900 safety, a left double cork 1260 mute, a text book switch right double 1080 safety on the jumps, and rounded things off with a switch on blind 270 off to 270 on 270 off the last jib features. His great mix of creativity, style and technicality was awarded a 93.00, the best slopestyle result of his career.
“I couldn’t be happier right now” exclaimed an exulted Jossi. “I have wanted to land that run for years and to do it now, here at X Games, is a dream come true.”