Jossi Wells flagbearer for NZ

Freestyle skier Jossi Wells has just missed out on winning New Zealand's second ever Winter Olympics medal with a fourth in the halfpipe event at Sochi. Photo / AP
Freestyle skier Jossi Wells has just missed out on winning New Zealand's second ever Winter Olympics medal with a fourth in the halfpipe event at Sochi. Photo / AP

Freeskier Jossi Wells has been announced as the flagbearer for the the New Zealand Olympic Team at the closing ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games tomorrow morning.

The announcement was made at an informal team gathering in Rosa Khutor, near the athletes village today.

The freeskier was New Zealand's best performing athlete at the games, with an impressive run in the halfpipe finals which saw him finish in fourth place.

The announcement was made Chef de Mission Pete Wardell, who said it was never easy to choose one athlete over another but that Wells had been an outstanding member of the New Zealand team.

"He delivered a career-best performance, overcoming disappointment in the slopestyle to put down a scintillating run in the halfpipe.

"He's a figurehead within the team and the athletes are all delighted he's going to be leading them into the stadium tomorrow.''

Wells said he was honoured to be chosen.

"I'm so happy. The Opening Ceremony just took my breath away so if it's anything like that, leading the whole crew in there, carrying the flag will be a pretty unreal.''

Represent New Zealand in Sochi had been amazing, Wells said.

"Just being at the pinnacle of the sporting world. Wearing the silver fern and to having the support of the entire nation has been absolutely unreal.

"I skied the best runs of my life in the pipe and to be able to peak when it counted was unreal.''

All New Zealand athletes in Sochi will be marching at tomorrow morning's closing ceremony, Mr Wardell said.

The closing ceremony takes place at 5am tomorrow NZT.

- APNZ

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