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Jossi Wells injures knee, surgery required

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/06/2017

The 27-year-old's rupture will take at least six months to heal, placing his participation in next year's Winter Olympics in jeopardy. © Hannah Peters/Getty Images The 27-year-old's rupture will take at least six months to heal, placing his participation in next year's Winter Olympics in jeopardy. Kiwi freestyle skier Jossi Wells is in a race against time to take part in February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after undergoing a knee reconstruction on Wednesday.

Wells, a Winter X-Games gold medallist, tore a patella tendon in a training-ground accident, just four months after injuring his other patella in Norway.

He also broke his neck in 2014.

The 27-year-old's rupture will take at least six months to heal, placing his participation in next year's Winter Olympics in jeopardy.

The Wanaka native was nevertheless optimistic, and was even brave enough to post a video of the injury-causing fall on his Instagram on Wednesday.

His anguished scream was audible.

"A few days ago I unfortunately ruptured my patella tendon - I flew home to New Zealand yesterday and (I'm) going under the knife tomorrow to get this thing reconstructed. See you on the other side," Wells wrote in a separate post.

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