Jackson and Beau-James Wells added to New Zealand's Winter Olympics squad

They will join older brother Bryon on the Winter Olympic squad.
They will join older brother Bryon on the Winter Olympic squad. Photo credit: Getty Images

Two more brothers from the Wells family have made the grade for New Zealand's Winter Olympics team.

Twenty-two-year-old Beau-James will compete in the freeski halfpipe event in South Korea next month, while teenager Jackson will feature in the slopestyle.

The pair join older brother Byron, who was named to the team last year. Their oldest brother, Jossi, this week withdrew himself from the team due to injury.

For Beau-James, PyeongChang will be his second Olympic Winter Games following his sixth placing in halfpipe at Sochi 2014.

"I feel very blessed to be selected to go to the Olympic Winter Games for the second time and to get to represent our nation on the world stage," he said.

"It's sad that Jossi will not be coming with us, but I'm really excited that two of my brothers will be there with me."

Their selections swell the Wells family members to three - although oldest brother Jossi has been ruled out due to injury.

Jackson is looking forward to following in his brothers' footsteps at his first Olympic Winter Games.

"It's such an honour to be selected to the NZ team alongside a lot of great athletes and friends. To be selected means so much to me, to be a part of this team representing New Zealand is a fantastic feeling," he said.

"I couldn't be happier to follow my older brothers in becoming an Olympic athlete. It's a huge shame Jossi won't be there to compete with us because he's the one who first gave a profile to New Zealand freeskiing."

Jackson had a minor operation last week to get a piece of meniscus taken out of his right knee.

"My recovery is going really well, I can already walk around and do balance work which is a great sign. From here I'll be working to get my knee ready to compete at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado (January 25th) then I will be training hard to prepare for the Olympic Winter Games."

The 2018 Winter Olympics get underway on February 9 and finish on February 25 (local time).