Wells brothers go for history as mum watches

BEN STANLEY
Last updated 12:25 13/02/2014
NZOC

All three of the Wells brothers are competing at the Winter Olympics this year.

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HOPEFUL: Jossi Wells is one of three Wanaka brothers in Sochi for the Winter Olympics.

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If Jossi or Beau-James Wells manage to create Kiwi Olympic history tonight, it will be with their mum watching on from the stands for the first time ever.

Stacey Wells, mother of the extraordinary Wells freeskiing quartet, has made the trip to Sochi to watch her sons compete both the Olympic slopestyle and halfpipe events at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park over the next week.

It is the first time she has travelled internationally to watch her sons compete - firstly with Jossi and Beau-James tonight, before Byron joins the duo in the freeski halfpipe next week.

The Wells boys were homeschooled by their mother in Wanaka, meaning they could concentrate on their skiing alongside their education growing up.

Jossi Wells, who is seen as New Zealand's best hope for a medal in Sochi, told Fairfax Media that having mum in the crowd will be a special event for the three brothers.

"She's never been overseas to watch any competitions before - she's always been busy back home with work," the 23-year-old told Fairfax Media.

"For her to get the time off and watch us over here, it's going to be pretty amazing.

"We'll have dad at the top with us before we drop, and we'll have mum at the bottom in the crowd. We've got it locked down."

Beau-James said that having mum watching him ski will provide him with extra motivation while competing tonight, and next week.

"If your mum is watching, you've got to go a bit better," the 18-year-old said. 

"I can't wait. She never really gets to watch any of our events overseas.

"It's going to be really cool to see her in the crowd over here for the Olympics.

The only member of the Wells family not in Sochi is youngster brother Jackson, who is currently in training in Colorado.

Men's freeski slopestyle qualifying begins at 7.10pm tonight, while the final will take place at 10.30pm    

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