Jossi Wells does it for mum with historic Winter X-Games gold

Kiwi freeskier Jossi Wells has finally taken slopestyle gold at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

Wells, who finished fourth in the freeski halfpipe at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, compiled three high-scoring runs in tricky conditions to claim his first gold in the prestigious event.

To make matters even more special, his mother was there to witness his historic win.

"To have her here when I have won the gold  ... I’m speechless," 25-year-old Wells, who was at Aspen for his tenth time, said.

With flat light proving difficult, and snow picking up again, Wells saved his best until last in nailing a 90.00 final run to take the win.

Second place went to Sochi silver medallist Gus Kenworthy (US), who pushed Wells hard with his final-round 87.33 while Norway's Oystein Braaten grabbed bronze with an opening 84.33.

Wells's consistency was impressive - he took the lead with a first-round 88.33, backing up with a solid second run 84.33 before unleashing the near-flawless final effort to secure gold, the first Kiwi to do so at the Winter X-Games.