Jossi Wells took to skis at the age of two and showed exceptional talent from a young age. Although his true passion has always been freeskiing, Jossi also honed his skills in ski racing until the age of 15. These days his focus is purely on freeskiing and he competes in the disciplines of slopestyle, halfpipe and big air.
2007 saw Jossi on podiums in nearly all the major events including a win at the European Open Superpipe against the deepest field ever. Aged 16 Jossi was the youngest skier ever to compete at Winter X Games. In 2008, Jossi added a podium at the biggest event of the season, the X Games, and continued his domination at every other event he attended. Fast forward two more years, and at the age of 19 Jossi was winning left and right, and was crowned the AFP Overall World Champion giving him the status of ‘Best Freeskier in the World’.
In 2008 and 2010 Jossi was named New Zealand Athlete of the Year. Jossi has continued to claim podium spots in major competitions in every year since, including bronze in Big Air at the 2012 X Games in Aspen and a silver medal in slopestyle at the 2013 X Games in Tignes. This January Jossi took out the gold medal at the Slopestyle World Cup Gsaad, Switzerland. He is currently ranked 27th in the world in Halfpipe and 16th in Slopestyle .
Jossi says he “can’t wait” to compete at the Winter Olympic Games and feels very honoured to be part of the experience.
Born and bred in Wanaka, in the beautiful Southern Alps of New Zealand, Jossi is the oldest of four brothers. Jossi is coached by his father, Bruce, and spends the majority of the year training and competing in the northern hemisphere and based in Breckenridge, Colorado.
When he’s in New Zealand Jossi enjoys skiing at Cardrona Alpine Resort and when he’s not on skis, he can be found skateboarding, riding motorcycles, taking photos and playing music.