15 in New Zealand team for Sochi games

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm •  Published: January 23, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Three brothers have been named among the 15 athletes New Zealand will send to next month's Winter Olympics at Sochi.

World Cup gold medalist Jossi Wells will compete in free ski halfpipe and slopestyle, Byron Wills in free ski halfpipe and Beau James Wells in freeski halfpipe and slopestyle. All are coached by their father Bruce Wells.

Christy Prior, who will compete in snowboard slopestyle, is also a recent World Cup gold medalist.

Only three team members have previously competed at a winter games: Rebecca Sinclair in snowboard halfpipe, Shane Dobbin in speed skating — both of whom were at Vancouver in 2010 — and Ben Sandford in skeleton who competed at Torino in 2006 and Vancouver.


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