'Redemption' inspired Jossi Wells' fourth finish

Sidney Crosby celebrates his second period goal in Canada's 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men's ice hockey gold medal game.
Sidney Crosby celebrates his second period goal in Canada's 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men's ice hockey gold medal game.
Russian pilot Alexander Zubkov and team-mate Alexey Negodaylo raise their arms triumphantly after winning the four-man bobsled gold at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Russian pilot Alexander Zubkov and team-mate Alexey Negodaylo raise their arms triumphantly after winning the four-man bobsled gold at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Competitors in the men's 50km mass start cross-country race head past a giant sign for the Sochi Games.
Competitors in the men's 50km mass start cross-country race head past a giant sign for the Sochi Games.
Silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin, gold medalist Alexander Legkov and bronze medalist Ilia Chernousov after the host nation swept the podium in the men's 50km mass start cross-country race.
Silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin, gold medalist Alexander Legkov and bronze medalist Ilia Chernousov after the host nation swept the podium in the men's 50km mass start cross-country race.
Japan's Tomoka Takeuchi (left) and Switzerland's Julie Zogg compete during the women's parallel slalom snowboarding competition, in this multiple exposure image.
Japan's Tomoka Takeuchi (left) and Switzerland's Julie Zogg compete during the women's parallel slalom snowboarding competition, in this multiple exposure image.
Russia's Anton Shipulin shoots during the men's biathlon 4x7.5 km biathlon relay.
Russia's Anton Shipulin shoots during the men's biathlon 4x7.5 km biathlon relay.
Norway's Marit Bjoergen, Kristin Stoermer Steira and Therese Johaug (left to right) lead during the women's cross-country 30 km mass start free event.
Norway's Marit Bjoergen, Kristin Stoermer Steira and Therese Johaug (left to right) lead during the women's cross-country 30 km mass start free event.
Towels go flying as the Finland bench pour onto the ice to celebrate their 5-0 rout of the USA in the men's ice hockey bronze medal game.
Towels go flying as the Finland bench pour onto the ice to celebrate their 5-0 rout of the USA in the men's ice hockey bronze medal game.
South Korea's Kim Yuna performs during the figure skating gala exhibition.
South Korea's Kim Yuna performs during the figure skating gala exhibition.
Russia's Anton Shipulin lets out a scream after crossing the line ahead of Germany's Simon Schempp in the men's 4x7.5km biathlon relay.
Russia's Anton Shipulin lets out a scream after crossing the line ahead of Germany's Simon Schempp in the men's 4x7.5km biathlon relay.
Dutch speed skaters Marrit Leenstra, Jorien Ter Mors, Lotte van Beek and Irene Wust kiss their gold medals after dominating the women's team pursuit final.
Dutch speed skaters Marrit Leenstra, Jorien Ter Mors, Lotte van Beek and Irene Wust kiss their gold medals after dominating the women's team pursuit final.
Austria's Mario Matt held off compatriot Marcel Hirscher to become the oldest alpine skiing gold medal winner.
Austria's Mario Matt held off compatriot Marcel Hirscher to become the oldest alpine skiing gold medal winner.
Latvia's Martins Onskulis in action in the men's slalom in this multiple exposure image.
Latvia's Martins Onskulis in action in the men's slalom in this multiple exposure image.
Norway's Therese Johaug, Marit Bjoergen and Kristin Stoermer Steira (left to right) celebrate after winning the women's cross-country 30 km mass start free event.
Norway's Therese Johaug, Marit Bjoergen and Kristin Stoermer Steira (left to right) celebrate after winning the women's cross-country 30 km mass start free event.
Italy's Patrick Thaler gets a face full of snow after crashing out of the men's slalom.
Italy's Patrick Thaler gets a face full of snow after crashing out of the men's slalom.
Denis Yuskov leads team-mates Aleksey Yesin and Aleksandr Rumyantsev during the men's speed skating team pursuit finals.
Denis Yuskov leads team-mates Aleksey Yesin and Aleksandr Rumyantsev during the men's speed skating team pursuit finals.
Russia's Yana Romanova prepares to shoot next to Vita Semerenko (right) during the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event.
Russia's Yana Romanova prepares to shoot next to Vita Semerenko (right) during the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event.
Canada's Jamie Benn (centre) celebrates his second period goal that proved the difference in the semifinal.
Canada's Jamie Benn (centre) celebrates his second period goal that proved the difference in the semifinal.
Russia's Viktor Ahn collected his second and third gold medals in Sochi on Day 14, and fifth and sixth overall.
Russia's Viktor Ahn collected his second and third gold medals in Sochi on Day 14, and fifth and sixth overall.
American teen Mikaela Shiffrin crosses the line to win the women's slalom by 0.53 seconds.
American teen Mikaela Shiffrin crosses the line to win the women's slalom by 0.53 seconds.
Austria's Bernadette Schild sits on the snow, with head in hands after crashing during her second run of the women's slalom.
Austria's Bernadette Schild sits on the snow, with head in hands after crashing during her second run of the women's slalom.
Canada's second EJ Harnden (left) hugs wife Rachelle as skip Brad Jacobs hugs wife Shawna after winning men's curling gold.
Canada's second EJ Harnden (left) hugs wife Rachelle as skip Brad Jacobs hugs wife Shawna after winning men's curling gold.
Pilot Simone Bertazzo of Italy speeds down the track during a four-man bobsleigh training run at the Sanki sliding centre in this multiple exposure image.
Pilot Simone Bertazzo of Italy speeds down the track during a four-man bobsleigh training run at the Sanki sliding centre in this multiple exposure image.
Canada's Valerie Maltais' disappointment is evident after crashing out of the women's 1000m short track semifinals.
Canada's Valerie Maltais' disappointment is evident after crashing out of the women's 1000m short track semifinals.
Mikaela Shiffrin on her way to becoming the youngest Olympic slalom champion.
Mikaela Shiffrin on her way to becoming the youngest Olympic slalom champion.
Canadian star Sidney Crosby skates during warm-ups ahead of their semifinal against the USA.
Canadian star Sidney Crosby skates during warm-ups ahead of their semifinal against the USA.
France's Jean Frederic Chapuis (left) leads compatriots Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol and Canada's Brady Leman in the men's ski-cross final.
France's Jean Frederic Chapuis (left) leads compatriots Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol and Canada's Brady Leman in the men's ski-cross final.
Annalisa Drew, Brita Sigourney (centre) and Maddie Bowman (top) practice during warm sessions ahead of the women's ski halfpipe qualification round.
Annalisa Drew, Brita Sigourney (centre) and Maddie Bowman (top) practice during warm sessions ahead of the women's ski halfpipe qualification round.
Sweden's Fanny Rask skates between gloves, masks and sticks discarded by the victorious Swiss team.
Sweden's Fanny Rask skates between gloves, masks and sticks discarded by the victorious Swiss team.
Canada's second Jill Officer (left) and lead Dawn McEwen (right) prepare to sweep as skip Jennifer Jones delivers a stone in their women's gold medal curling game against Sweden.
Canada's second Jill Officer (left) and lead Dawn McEwen (right) prepare to sweep as skip Jennifer Jones delivers a stone in their women's gold medal curling game against Sweden.
The victorious Norwegian men's nordic combined team slide in celebration as they head to the podium for the flower ceremony.
The victorious Norwegian men's nordic combined team slide in celebration as they head to the podium for the flower ceremony.
Norway's Joergen Graabak holds off German Fabian Riessle's desperate lunge at the finish line to win the men's team large hill nordic combined 4x5km relay event.
Norway's Joergen Graabak holds off German Fabian Riessle's desperate lunge at the finish line to win the men's team large hill nordic combined 4x5km relay event.
Eventual gold medalist Jean Frederic Chapuis of France (yellow) leads in his ski-cross semifinal.
Eventual gold medalist Jean Frederic Chapuis of France (yellow) leads in his ski-cross semifinal.
Switzerland's Carmen Kueng delivers a stone during the women's bronze medal curling game against Great Britain.
Switzerland's Carmen Kueng delivers a stone during the women's bronze medal curling game against Great Britain.
Yevgeni Malkin lies on the ice after being hit in the face by a stick during Russia's 3-1 loss to Finland in the men's ice hockey quarterfinals.
Yevgeni Malkin lies on the ice after being hit in the face by a stick during Russia's 3-1 loss to Finland in the men's ice hockey quarterfinals.
Russia's Olga Graf (left) and Japan's Shiho Ishizawa skate during the women's 5000 metres speed skating finals.
Russia's Olga Graf (left) and Japan's Shiho Ishizawa skate during the women's 5000 metres speed skating finals.
Poland's pilot Dawid Kupczyk (right) and his teammates link hands ahead of a run during a four-man bobsleigh training session at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Poland's pilot Dawid Kupczyk (right) and his teammates link hands ahead of a run during a four-man bobsleigh training session at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
American Ted Ligety gets a little loose going around a gate during his second giant slalom run.
American Ted Ligety gets a little loose going around a gate during his second giant slalom run.
Russia's Anton Belov (right) checks Finland's Olli Jokinen during the first period of their men's ice hockey quarterfinal.
Russia's Anton Belov (right) checks Finland's Olli Jokinen during the first period of their men's ice hockey quarterfinal.
Gold medalists Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Marit Bjoergen of Norway leap for the cameras after being part of the winning Norwegian team in the women's team sprint classic.
Gold medalists Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Marit Bjoergen of Norway leap for the cameras after being part of the winning Norwegian team in the women's team sprint classic.
Finland's Leo Komarov (71) and Ossi Vaananen (4) deal with Alexander Radulov after the Russian crashed into Finland netminder Tuuka Rask.
Finland's Leo Komarov (71) and Ossi Vaananen (4) deal with Alexander Radulov after the Russian crashed into Finland netminder Tuuka Rask.
Ted Ligety exorcised some Olympic demons with victory in the men's giant slalom.
Ted Ligety exorcised some Olympic demons with victory in the men's giant slalom.
Canada's second EJ Harnden shouts as China's third Xu Xiaoming (left) and skip Liu Rui (right) look on and Canada's vice Ryan Fry and lead Ryan Harnden stand nearby during their men's curling semifinal game.
Canada's second EJ Harnden shouts as China's third Xu Xiaoming (left) and skip Liu Rui (right) look on and Canada's vice Ryan Fry and lead Ryan Harnden stand nearby during their men's curling semifinal game.
Switzerland's Patrizia Kummer screams after claiming gold in the women's snowboard parallel giant slalom.
Switzerland's Patrizia Kummer screams after claiming gold in the women's snowboard parallel giant slalom.
An American fan's lips at the skeleton event show off the USA flag.
An American fan's lips at the skeleton event show off the USA flag.
Canada's Charles Hamelin (left) and USA's Eduardo Alvarez crash out of the men's 1000m short track speed skating event.
Canada's Charles Hamelin (left) and USA's Eduardo Alvarez crash out of the men's 1000m short track speed skating event.
Canada's John Fairbairn, who finished seventh, powers away from the start of his final skeleton run.
Canada's John Fairbairn, who finished seventh, powers away from the start of his final skeleton run.
USA's TJ Oshie celebrates his game-winning goal against Russia's Sergei Bobrovski in the eighth round of the shootout.
USA's TJ Oshie celebrates his game-winning goal against Russia's Sergei Bobrovski in the eighth round of the shootout.
Viktor Ahn and Vladimir Grigorev celebrate a Russian 1-2 in the men's 1000m short track race.
Viktor Ahn and Vladimir Grigorev celebrate a Russian 1-2 in the men's 1000m short track race.
Austria's Anna Fenninger scorches her way down the piste on her way to gold in the women's super-G.
Austria's Anna Fenninger scorches her way down the piste on her way to gold in the women's super-G.
Sweden's Emma Eliasson shoves Finland's Linda Valimaki into the boards during their preliminary round game.
Sweden's Emma Eliasson shoves Finland's Linda Valimaki into the boards during their preliminary round game.
France's Jason Lamy Chappuis takes a practice jump from the large hill before the men's nordic combined event.
France's Jason Lamy Chappuis takes a practice jump from the large hill before the men's nordic combined event.
Charlotte Kalla crosses the finish line as her Sweden team-mates celebrate winning the women's 4x5km relay gold.
Charlotte Kalla crosses the finish line as her Sweden team-mates celebrate winning the women's 4x5km relay gold.
Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk sneaks the puck by USA goalie Jonathan Quick during the second period of their game.
Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk sneaks the puck by USA goalie Jonathan Quick during the second period of their game.
Bosnia and Herzogovina's Igor Laikert gets airborne during the downhill phase of the men's super combined.
Bosnia and Herzogovina's Igor Laikert gets airborne during the downhill phase of the men's super combined.
China's Xu Mengtao competes during the women's aerials qualifying.
China's Xu Mengtao competes during the women's aerials qualifying.
Course sweepers make their way down the mountain at Rosa Khutor.
Course sweepers make their way down the mountain at Rosa Khutor.
Daniel Alfredsson celebrates his game-winning goal in Sweden's 1-0 win against Switzerland.
Daniel Alfredsson celebrates his game-winning goal in Sweden's 1-0 win against Switzerland.
Bronze medalist Christof Innerhofer of Italy does a forward roll to get on the men's super combined podium.
Bronze medalist Christof Innerhofer of Italy does a forward roll to get on the men's super combined podium.
Romania's Ioan Valeriu Achiriloaie gets caught up in the safety nets during his downhill run in the men's super combined.
Romania's Ioan Valeriu Achiriloaie gets caught up in the safety nets during his downhill run in the men's super combined.
Canada's Melissa Hollingsworth dons a cowboy hat after completing her last run in the women's skeleton.
Canada's Melissa Hollingsworth dons a cowboy hat after completing her last run in the women's skeleton.
China's Zhang Xin crashes during the women's aerials qualifying.
China's Zhang Xin crashes during the women's aerials qualifying.
France's Martin Fourcade (centre) on the medal dais for the men's biathlon 20km individual event.
France's Martin Fourcade (centre) on the medal dais for the men's biathlon 20km individual event.
Super combined gold medalist Sandro Viletta of Switzerland in action during the downhill.
Super combined gold medalist Sandro Viletta of Switzerland in action during the downhill.
The latest in pants choice by the Norwegian men's curling team.
The latest in pants choice by the Norwegian men's curling team.
Germany's Monique Angermueller crashes out of the women's 1000m speed skating semifinals.
Germany's Monique Angermueller crashes out of the women's 1000m speed skating semifinals.
Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines competes during the men's figure skating short program.
Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines competes during the men's figure skating short program.
China's Kexin Fan collides face-first with a Games volunteer after crashing out of the women's 500m semifinals.
China's Kexin Fan collides face-first with a Games volunteer after crashing out of the women's 500m semifinals.
Russia's Andrei Markov (left) chases down Slovenia's Ziga Jeglic for the puck during the second period of their men's preliminary round ice hockey game.
Russia's Andrei Markov (left) chases down Slovenia's Ziga Jeglic for the puck during the second period of their men's preliminary round ice hockey game.
Gold medalist Joss Christensen (left) bumps knuckles with bronze medalist Nicholas Goepper after the USA swept the men's ski slopestyle podium.
Gold medalist Joss Christensen (left) bumps knuckles with bronze medalist Nicholas Goepper after the USA swept the men's ski slopestyle podium.
Dutch fans cheer on their athletes during speed skating action at the Adler Arena.
Dutch fans cheer on their athletes during speed skating action at the Adler Arena.
Latvia's Martins Dukurs is reflected in the sunglasses of an Olympic volunteer as he speeds down the track during a men's skeleton training run.
Latvia's Martins Dukurs is reflected in the sunglasses of an Olympic volunteer as he speeds down the track during a men's skeleton training run.
Joint gold medalists Switzerland's Dominique Gisin and Slovenia's Tina Maze step onto the podium together, next to an empty step for silver at the flower ceremony for the women's downhill.
Joint gold medalists Switzerland's Dominique Gisin and Slovenia's Tina Maze step onto the podium together, next to an empty step for silver at the flower ceremony for the women's downhill.
Kelly Clark of the US flies high above the halfpipe during the women's snowboard qualification round.
Kelly Clark of the US flies high above the halfpipe during the women's snowboard qualification round.
Germany's Eric Frenzel crosses the line ahead of Japan's Akito Watabe to win the men's nordic combined normal hill event.
Germany's Eric Frenzel crosses the line ahead of Japan's Akito Watabe to win the men's nordic combined normal hill event.
Australia's Stephanie Magiros waits for her score during the women's snowboard halfpipe qualifying round.
Australia's Stephanie Magiros waits for her score during the women's snowboard halfpipe qualifying round.
A tourist poses under a set of Olympic rings as the sun rises on the Sochi Olympic Park.
A tourist poses under a set of Olympic rings as the sun rises on the Sochi Olympic Park.
A referee falls on Team USA's Kendall Coyne after she collided with Canada's Meaghan Mikkelson during the first period of their women's ice hockey game.
A referee falls on Team USA's Kendall Coyne after she collided with Canada's Meaghan Mikkelson during the first period of their women's ice hockey game.
Switzerland's Dominique Gisin speeds down the course on her way to tying for gold in the women's alpine skiing downhill.
Switzerland's Dominique Gisin speeds down the course on her way to tying for gold in the women's alpine skiing downhill.
Norway's second Christoffer Svae delivers a stone during their men's curling round robin game against Germany.
Norway's second Christoffer Svae delivers a stone during their men's curling round robin game against Germany.
Romania's Dorin Velicu speeds down the track during a men's skeleton training event at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor.
Romania's Dorin Velicu speeds down the track during a men's skeleton training event at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor.
Members of Japan's women's ice hockey team bow to the crowd after their loss to Russia.
Members of Japan's women's ice hockey team bow to the crowd after their loss to Russia.
South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa skates during the women's 500 metres speed skating race.
South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa skates during the women's 500 metres speed skating race.
Sarah Hendrickson of the US soars through the air at the women's ski jumping.
Sarah Hendrickson of the US soars through the air at the women's ski jumping.
Coline Mattel of France wins the bronze medal at the women's ski jumping.
Coline Mattel of France wins the bronze medal at the women's ski jumping.
German netminder Jennifer Harss reaches back but can't prevent Sweden from scoring.
German netminder Jennifer Harss reaches back but can't prevent Sweden from scoring.
Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch makes her way down in her slalom run in the women's super combined.
Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch makes her way down in her slalom run in the women's super combined.
The Russian men's ice hockey team stretch at centre-ice during a practice session.
The Russian men's ice hockey team stretch at centre-ice during a practice session.
Lee Sang-hwa skates a victory lap with the South Korean flag after blitzing the Olympic record to win the women's 500m.
Lee Sang-hwa skates a victory lap with the South Korean flag after blitzing the Olympic record to win the women's 500m.
American Danny Davis competes in the men's snowboard halfpipe qualifying.
American Danny Davis competes in the men's snowboard halfpipe qualifying.
A montage of skeleton racers' helmets, including New Zealand's Ben Sandford (top line, third left)
A montage of skeleton racers' helmets, including New Zealand's Ben Sandford (top line, third left)
A view of the curling arena during men's pool matches.
A view of the curling arena during men's pool matches.
Spain's Paul De La Cuesta prepares to start during the downhill run of the men's alpine skiing super combined training session.
Spain's Paul De La Cuesta prepares to start during the downhill run of the men's alpine skiing super combined training session.
Canada's Sarah Reid shows off her spooky helmet during a skeleton training run.
Canada's Sarah Reid shows off her spooky helmet during a skeleton training run.
Russian ice hockey fans wave flags during a game between Sweden and Germany.
Russian ice hockey fans wave flags during a game between Sweden and Germany.
Tourists watch as workers repel down the Olympic flame structure in Sochi.
Tourists watch as workers repel down the Olympic flame structure in Sochi.
Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates his victory in the men's 1500m short track speed skating final.
Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates his victory in the men's 1500m short track speed skating final.
Russia's Aleksey Pavlenko performs a jump during the men's freestyle skiing moguls qualification round.
Russia's Aleksey Pavlenko performs a jump during the men's freestyle skiing moguls qualification round.
Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud (right) delivers the stone during their men's curling round robin game against the USA.
Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud (right) delivers the stone during their men's curling round robin game against the USA.
Canadian Dara Howell on her way to gold in the women's freestyle skiing slopestyle.
Canadian Dara Howell on her way to gold in the women's freestyle skiing slopestyle.
Winner Germany's Felix Loch celebrates after completing his final run in the men's singles luge competition.
Winner Germany's Felix Loch celebrates after completing his final run in the men's singles luge competition.
Estonia's Grete Gaim reacts after crossing the finish line during the women's biathlon 7.5km sprint event.
Estonia's Grete Gaim reacts after crossing the finish line during the women's biathlon 7.5km sprint event.
Irene Wust of the Netherlands skates to first place during the women's 3000m speed skating.
Irene Wust of the Netherlands skates to first place during the women's 3000m speed skating.
Canada's Zina Kocher shoots during the women's biathlon 7.5km sprint event.
Canada's Zina Kocher shoots during the women's biathlon 7.5km sprint event.
Germany's skip John Jahr delivers a stone during their men's curling round robin game against Canada.
Germany's skip John Jahr delivers a stone during their men's curling round robin game against Canada.
Julia Mancuso of the USA celebrates in the finish area after competing during the downhill run of the women's alpine skiing super combined event.
Julia Mancuso of the USA celebrates in the finish area after competing during the downhill run of the women's alpine skiing super combined event.
Gold medalist Sven Kramer competes in the men's 5000m speed skating event.
Gold medalist Sven Kramer competes in the men's 5000m speed skating event.
American Sage Kotsenburg celebrates with his gold medal, the first awarded in Sochi.
American Sage Kotsenburg celebrates with his gold medal, the first awarded in Sochi.
Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen equalled compatriot Bjorn Dahlie's Winter Games record of 12 medals after claiming gold in the men's biathlon 10km sprint.
Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen equalled compatriot Bjorn Dahlie's Winter Games record of 12 medals after claiming gold in the men's biathlon 10km sprint.
Norway's Anders Bardal soars through the air during his trial jump in the men's ski jumping individual normal hill qualification round.
Norway's Anders Bardal soars through the air during his trial jump in the men's ski jumping individual normal hill qualification round.
The field in the women's skiathlon, won by Norway's Marit Bjoergen, head away from the start.
The field in the women's skiathlon, won by Norway's Marit Bjoergen, head away from the start.
China's Zhang Kexin competes during the figure skating team ladies short program.
China's Zhang Kexin competes during the figure skating team ladies short program.
Australia's Nicole Parks performs a jump during the women's freestyle skiing moguls qualification round.
Australia's Nicole Parks performs a jump during the women's freestyle skiing moguls qualification round.
Canada's Jayna Hefford shoots on Switzerland's Florence Schelling during their women's ice hockey group game.
Canada's Jayna Hefford shoots on Switzerland's Florence Schelling during their women's ice hockey group game.
Germany's Andi Langenhan takes off from the start in the men's singles luge competition.
Germany's Andi Langenhan takes off from the start in the men's singles luge competition.
Tereza Vaculikova of the Czech Republic crashes out in the ladies' moguls qualification.
Tereza Vaculikova of the Czech Republic crashes out in the ladies' moguls qualification.

When Wanaka freeskier Jossi Wells woke up in Sochi on Tuesday morning, he had one thought looming larger than any other – redemption.

A week before, Wells reached the final of the first ever Olympic freeski slopestyle competition – an achievement in itself – but disappointed at the final hurdle, with two under-par runs.

It would not be repeated yesterday morning, Wells narrowly missing out on Kiwi Olympic history with a fourth in the freeski halfpipe.

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

The finish is New Zealand's best at the Winter Olympics since Albertville in 1992, when slalom skier Annelise Coberger won a silver, while the the Kiwi 5000m speed skating relay team and short track speed skater Mike McMillen both claimed fourth.

Wells described his first run – a stunning 85.60 – as the best he has ever landed in a halfpipe, a freeski discipline he rates second to his preferred slopestyle.

"I knew I was capable of [it]," Wells said. "I just hadn't been riding very much halfpipe, so I wasn't thinking about it a whole lot.

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

"Going into today I wanted to get a little bit of redemption after the finals in slopestyle. I wanted to get into these finals and do the best I could – and it worked out."

Wells' first run featured an impressive series of jumps ranging from a double 1200 to an impressive switch 90 which saw him head into the final run in bronze medal position.

His second run was strong, scoring 78.40, but Wells was not able to improve on his initial attempt. His top score was eclipsed by Canadian Mike Riddle, who would eventually claim silver.

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

Wells' historic finish was backed up by hugely impressive showings by his fellow Kiwis in the final, which saw all three finish in the top 10.

His 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 a strong 80.00.

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

Conditions at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park were difficult, with heavy sleet and snow making the much-criticised halfpipe a slower course for skiers. Jossi Wells didn't use the weather as an excuse for just missing the podium.

"It was really snowy and slow, the pipe was running really slow," he said. "But our wax tech Chris Rogers kept us cruising.

"Everyone has to ride the exact same pipe in competition. So even though the conditions were bad, everyone competes at the same level and they hand out medals. We still ride."

Earlier in the week, the remaining New Zealand Olympic team members held a private ceremony in Sochi to honour Arrowtown snowboarder Hamish Bagley, who died in a car crash in New Zealand earlier this week.

The 17-year-old was seen as a rising talent in the Kiwi snow sports scene, and had attempted to qualify for the 2014 Games.

"That was really heavy to hear," Wells said. "We had a moment to remember Hamish and talked about him as well."

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