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|Looking good in that hospital gown, Jossi.|
|"It's definitely a huge disappointment," Jossi says about his ankle injury, "but on the bright side I have to take the break my body has been asking for for years."|
On Wednesday at Mercy Hospital in Dunedin, New Zealand, Jossi Wells went under the knife to fix an injury he sustained while skateboarding in May. The last time the 20-year-old underwent surgery was at the age of 16, after he broke his collarbone at the 2007 X Games.
He wasn't expecting to need surgery. After numerous visits to the doctors and countless physical therapy sessions, Jossi was told that his ankle should heal without surgery. Doctors told him that with some rest and time off snow, he should be able to ski toward the end of the Southern Hemisphere winter season. Unfortunately this was not the case. Severe pain in his ankle persisted when he clipped back into his skis this month. So an operation became necessary to remove a large chunk of bone from his ankle.
I accompanied Jossi to surgery this week and he showed no sign of anxiety, no concern whether this injury would prevent him from skiing in the future. He just took it on without so much as a blink. Despite being stripped of all his jewelry and prized possessions, he still fashionably modeled his light blue hospital gown as he walked through the ward prior to the operation, his hairy hobbit legs sticking out the bottom.
Jossi had plenty of time to sit back and watch everyone train in New Zealand this season and he's thinking of what he can bring to the table when he's back on snow. I reckon before you know it, he'll be 'Hollah'ing at cha boy!' all over again.Check out our recent interview with Jossi or the latest episode of Winter of Wells.