Freestyle skier Byron Wells, from New Zealand, officially withdrew from today’s halfpipe competition, snapping a black and white photo of his wheelchair from his room in the Olympic Village.
“Not how I pictured this day. Devastated. Thought I would be lacing up with everyone else. Kill it for me boys.”
The athlete landed awkwardly during his training on February 15. Although he didn’t break his leg, he wasn’t able to stand or walk earlier today, let alone put on a pair of skis.
Wells isn’t the lone New Zealander facing the halfpipe, though. His two brothers, Beau-James and Josiah, as well as teammate Lyndon Sheehan, have all qualified for the halfpipe finals.