Jossi Wells 'happy' despite bronze medal agony

13:59, Feb 19 2014
Sochi opening ceremony
Shane Dobbin leads the New Zealand team into Fisht Stadium.
NZ snowboarders
Snowboarders Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr are interviewed by Sky Sport's Hayley Holt.
NZ snowboarders
Snowboarders Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr pose in the Olympic rings in the athletes village.
NZ Olympic team
Members of the NZ Olympic team arrive at the Athletes Village at Rosa Khutor.
NZ Olympic team
Members of the NZ Olympic team are welcomed to the Athletes Village at Rosa Khutor.
NZ Olympic team
Flagbearer Shane Dobbin leads the New Zealand team into the Olympic stadium.
Shane Dobbin
Speed skater Shane Dobbin practises at the Adler Arena Skating Centre.
Shane Dobbin
NZ flagbearer Shane Dobbin is presented with the Te Mahutonga cloak and a pounamu pendant by Chef de Mission Peter Wardell.
Shane Dobbin
NZ flagbearer Shane Dobbin at the Athletes Village.
Shelly Gotlieb
Shelly Gotlieb presents a Games volunteer with a New Zealand pin.
Shelly Gotlieb
Shelly Gotlieb competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Stefi Luxton
Stefi Luxton competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Christy Prior
Christy Prior competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Rebecca Torr
Rebecca Torr competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle qualification round.
Bryon Wells
Byron Wells waves to the crowd as the New Zealand team enters the Olympic stadium.
Beau-James Wells
Beau-James Wells gets some air during the men's ski slopestyle practice.
Beau-James Wells
Beau-James Wells
Jossi Wells
With the mountains as a back-drop, Jossi Wells practises for the men's ski slopestyle.
Anna Willox-Silfverberg
Anna Willox-Silfverberg goes big during women's ski slopestyle training.
Ben Sandford
Skeleton racer Ben Sandford makes his way down a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Katharine Eustace
Katharine Eustace completes a run during skeleton practice at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Shelly Gotlieb
Snowboarder Shelly Gotlieb and Chef de Mission Peter Wardell tour the New Zealand section at the Athletes Village.
Shane Dobbin
New Zealand's Shane Dobbin competes against Russia's Ivan Skobrev during the men's 5000m.
Shane Dobbin
Shane Dobbin competes in the men's 5000m speed skating competition.
Ben Sandford
Kiwi skeleton racer Ben Sandford waits to take a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Anna Willcox
Anna Willcox's New Zealand and Olympics inspired nails.
Anna Willcox
Anna Willcox has a message for back home after her first run in women's ski slopestyle qualifying.
Anna Willcox
Anna Willcox goes big
Shelly Gotlieb
Shelly Gotlieb is dwarfed by the mountains and sky during her semifinals run.
Rebecca Torr
Rebecca Torr competes in the women's snowboard slopestyle semifinals.
Wells boys
The three Wells brothers (from left) Beau-James, Jossi and Byron, with father Bruce (second right).
Bex Sinclair
New Zealand's Bex Sinclair competes in the women's snowboard halfpipe qualifying at Rosa Khutor.
Katharine Eustace
Skeleton racer Katharine Eustace gets in a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Center.
Jossi Wells
Jossi Wells competes in the men's ski slopestyle qualifying round.
Jossi Wells
New Zealand's Jossi Wells reacts after a run during the men's ski slopestyle final.
Beau-James Wells
Beau-James Wells competes during the men's ski slopestyle qualification round.
Katharine Eustace
Katharine Eustace hurtles down the skeleton ice during the first of two runs.
Katharine Eustace
Katharine Eustace waves to the crowd after one of her two skeleton heats runs.
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Katharine Eustace waves to the crowd after her third run during the women's skeleton at the Sanki Sliding Center.
Ben Sandford
Ben Sandford quipped to media after his first two skeleton runs: "I'm usually pretty good at skeleton".
Katharine Eustace
Katharine Eustace matched Jossi Wells' 11th-place finish as best New Zealand result in Sochi.
Ben Sandford
Ben Sandford qualified for the men's skeleton final, finishing 20th.
Ben Sandford
Skeleton racer Ben Sandford was the only Kiwi in action on Day 8 in Sochi.
Ben Sandford
Ben Sandford flies down the Sanki track to his best time of 57.67 seconds.
Jossi Wells
Jossi Wells in action during qualifying for the men's ski halfpipe final.
Beau-James Wells
Beau-James Wells in action during qualifying for the men's ski halfpipe final.
Lyndon Sheehan
Lyndon Sheehan gets upside-down during men's ski halfpipe qualifying.
Shane Dobbin
Shane Dobbin flies around Adler Arena during the men's 10,000m final.
Shane Dobbin
Shane Dobbin skates to seventh in the men's 10,000m final.
Adam Barwood
New Zealand's Adam Barwood brushes by a gate during one of his giant slalom runs.
Jossi Wells
Jossi Wells awaits his score after a round during the men's ski halfpipe final at Rosa Khutor.
Adam Barwood
Queenstown's Adam Barwood speeds down the giant slalom course, on his way to 44th out of 109 in the men's event.
Janina Kuzma
New Zealand's Janina Kuzma in action during the women's ski halfpipe qualification round.
Janina Kuzma
Kiwi Janina Kuzma anxiously awaits her score after a women's ski halfpipe qualifying run.
Janina Kuzma
Janina Kuzma flies high during the women's ski halfpipe final.
Adam Barwood
Queenstown's Adam Barwood completed his first slalom run in 54.21 seconds.
Adam Barwood
Adam Barwood, the last New Zealander in action in Sochi.
Adam Barwood
New Zealand's Adam Barwood managed 26th overall in the men's slalom.

Wanaka skier Jossi Wells has described himself as a ''happy'' fourth place getter, despite narrowly missing out on Kiwi Olympic history in Sochi this morning.

Wells finished fourth in the first-ever men's freeski halfpipe final, just missing out becoming New Zealand's first Winter Olympics medalist since Annelise Coberger in 1992.

In a final that took place in heavy sleet and snow at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Wells nailed a stunning 85.60 on his first run, and 78.40 on his second - but was pipped for a podium finish thanks to a strong final attempt by Canadian Mike Riddle, who would take silver.

Jossi Wells
TOP-FIVE: Jossi Wells in action during qualifying for the men's ski halfpipe final.

Wells, who specializes largely in slopestyle, admitted he was disappointed not to claim a spot on the podium, but was satisfied with his overall performance; labeling his first run as the best he has ever landed in halfpipe.

''I haven't been riding too much halfpipe recently, so I went out there and tried to have some fun today - and try to lay down the best runs I could,'' the 23-year-old told Fairfax Media.''I definitely did that. It's a bummer not to make it onto the podium, for sure, but I'm probably the most happy dude to get fourth place out of anyone, ever.'

Wells' fourth place finish is New Zealand's best result at the Winter Olympics since Coberger in Albertville; a Games that also saw fourth place finishes for the Kiwi 5000m speed skating relay team, and short track speed skater Mike McMillen.

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Jossi Wells
AGONY: Jossi Wells narrowly missed out on becoming the first Kiwi in 22 years to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

Wells' first run featured an impressive series of jumps ranging from a double 1200 to an impressive switch 900, and saw him heading into the final run in bronze medal position.

His second run was similarly strong - but included one slightly messy landing that cost him on his final score.

American David Wise, the current world number one and FIS world champion, won gold, while Frenchman Kevin Rolland claimed bronze.

Wells' near-historic finish was backed up by impressive showings by his fellow Kiwis in the final.

Brother Beau-James Wells finished sixth while Wanaka's Lyndon Sheehan ended in ninth.

The younger Wells' first run was a solid, though unspectacular, 62.00, while his stylish second run scored him an impressive 80.00 - which would eventually seal his final placing.

Australian-born Sheehan scored 55.20 on his first run, before a strong final attempt that scored a creditable 72.60.

Wells took to Twitter shortly after the final to share his thoughts.

4th! Ugh! Yes! Agh! Woo! Bit of all that going on right now. Real hyped how I skied!

Damn... Skiing is so dope. Olympics don't make or break any of us. End of the day it's all just skiing. & it all rules.

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