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NZ skier Wells impressive on injury return

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016

© Doug Pensinger/Getty Images New Zealand freeskier Byron Wells has made an encouraging return to international competition, placing fourth in the halfpipe at a World Cup event in the United States.

Wells has spent nine months recuperating from a shoulder injury so was satisfied with his performance at Copper Mountain in Colorado.

The 24-year-old is no stranger to injury woes, having been forced to pull out of the halfpipe at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics after suffering leg damage during a warm-up.

Other New Zealanders to make it through the qualifying rounds were Miguel Porteous, who was sixth in the same event, and Janina Kuzma, fifth in the women's freeski halfpipe.

A 14-strong Kiwi contingent were competing in Colorado to chase Winter Olympic qualifying points ahead of the 2018 Games in South Korea.

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