A gymnast from three-years-of age, Samantha Wells was introduced to Aerial Skiing by World Champion and five-time Olympian Jacqui Cooper, making her World Cup debut in 2012.
Her 2016/17 season delivered a first for Australia when she soared into the record books as part of the first Australian Aerials team with Danielle Scott and David Morris to podium at a World Cup Team event in Beida Lake, China.
Her success in China was equalled with an individual Bronze medal on the same day.
To cap off a successful 2016/17 competitive year, Samantha Wells placed 10th in the 2017 Sierra Nevada World Championships in Spain.
In early 2016 Wells won the silver medal at the Deer Valley, USA World Cup, which she lists as her favourite event for the atmosphere and supportive crowds. To win the silver, Wells performed a Full-Double Full jump in the final; the first time she had performed this jump in competition.
Samantha’s continuing rise up the ranks in Aerial Skiing has seen the quietly spoken achiever place 18th at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, compete at 31 World Cups – featuring in 17 finals (top 12) and make the finals in both World Championships she has entered placing 6th and 10th.
Q & A
Proudest moment: Landing my first podium result (silver) in Deer Valley at the Lake Placid make up event in 2016
Best sporting memory from 2016/17 season: Jumping on the scaffold structure in Russia; it was just wild. Everything from the structure, the construction lift, the dimensions, the weather, the entertainment, to the jumping.
I began my sport in 2006 because: I wasn’t finished flipping…
When I am not training or competing, I am: being creative; cooking, crafting and developing new ideas
I enjoy my sport because: I love flipping and there is always a further challenge
Education: Completing Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion)
Favourite international competition: Deer Valley; the crowd and the atmosphere
Favourite Food: Anything with crunch!!! I can’t get enough of that texture.
Favourite Music: Acoustic and House
Favourite other sport to watch or play: The CrossFit Games/Strongman competitions
Favourite sporting team: Australian Olympic Winter Team!
Sponsors: Southern Alps Ski Club and Nutcase Helmets
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