Kiwi skier Jossi Wells has qualified top of the field for the slopestyle final at the second leg of the 2013 Winter X Games in Tignes, France.
Wells was originally an alternate for the event but was called in after Norwegian Andreas Hatveit pulled out after suffering whip-lash in practice.
The 22-year-old from Wanaka posted a score of 91.33 to lead the 16-strong field. The silver medallist in this event in 2011, Russ Henshaw of Australia, qualified in second with a score of 89.33 and American Gus Kenworthy was third with an even 85.
Wells has enjoyed X Games success before, winning bronze in the big air last year and silver in the superpipe in 2010 and slopestyle in 2008.
He has been hampered by on-going injury problems this season but has managed to qualify for the halfpipe event at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Wells will also compete in the superpipe event in Tignes.
The slopestyle finals and superpipe qualification rounds will both take place tomorrow.
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