Hometown freeski star Jossi Wells took third at the Winter Games freeski big air contest at Cardrona on Saturday.
The Wanaka-based freeskiing hotshot, who has been out with injury, was knocked out in his semi-final by Swiss youngster Kai Mahler, 15.
At one point during their semi – after watching Mahler pull off a stunning switch double misty 14 – Wells remarked: “I love it when a 15 year old kid nails a better trick than me.”
Wells took down Norway’s Pc Fosse in the battle for third and fourth, adding the bronze to two silver medals he won in the halfpipe and slopestyle events.
Wells says Fosse put up a good fight and he was feeling relaxed after gain himself a medal.
“The last thing I wanted to do was come fourth. I landed all my tricks – I’m stoked.”
Mahley couldn’t quite reproduce his stunning form in the final, coming runner-up to American Joss Christensen.
Wells predicted big things for Mahler saying he’d be the best in the world in a year or two.
In the women’s, American Devin Logan won the big air – adding that to her halfpipe and slopestyle wins.
Fellow American Jen Hudak, who crashed pretty hard on her second and third runs, came back to take second.
Up and coming Kiwi Rose Battersby of Taupo earned her first podium at an international event placing third.
“It’s great to see a Kiwi girl coming through and showing huge potential for a spot in Sochi (Winter Olympics,” judge Victoria Beattie says.