Winter Olympics: Newcastle aerial skiier Samantha Wells to retire after missing final at PyeongChang

Newcastle’s Samantha Wells will bring an end to her aerial skiing career after crashing out of her second Winter Olympics. 

The Eleebana 28-year-old, set to retire after a decade in the sport, was unable to land her two jumps at the qualifying stage of women’s competition in PyeongChang on Thursday night. 

Wells, who made her Games debut at Sochi in 2014, scored 54.28 and was 22nd in round one. She followed it up with 58.27 and finished 17th in round two.

Only the top six from each round progress to the 2018 final.

Fellow Australian Lydia Lassila, an Olympic gold and bronze medallist, also missed the 12-person decider at her fifth and final Games. She had two scores of 66.27 for 18th and 14th respectively.

However, national teammates Danielle Scott and Laura Peel will be in action on Friday night.

Scott went through after round one after producing a fifth-high 93.76 while Peel advanced with a second-round third via a total of 89.46.