Torin Yater-Wallace boosts out of the Aspen superpipe for bronze (Scott Markewitz Photography/ESPN)
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 28) – U.S. Freeskiing's David Wise (Reno, NV) averaged airs of 17 feet en route to the Winter X Games ski superpipe title. His 93 on his second run of three nailed down the win for the 21-year-old, the oldest competitor on the podium in only his second X Games. Teammate Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO), 16, was third for the second Winter X medal of his career.
David Wise won his first Winter X Games medal with gold in ski superpipe
Wise solidified his 1st place ranking on the Association of Freeskiing Professionals list
It was only Wise's second Winter X Games
Wise, at 21, was the oldest of the three on the podium
Wise's average amplitude down the pipe was 17 feet
Wise's winning run: switch left double 1080 Japan grab, right 900 true tail grab, left 900 true nose grab, ally-oop flat 540 true tail grab (20 ft out of halfpipe), left double 1260 mute grab
QUOTES David Wise I just didn’t think about it as pressure. I focused on the perfect halfpipe and perfect conditions. I wanted to show the world who I am and what I can do. Thanks to everyone for giving me the opportunity to show you what I can do in the pipe.
Torin Yater-Wallace I felt like I was expected to do well. I tried to put the pressure aside, but it is so hard as you are standing at the top about to drop. I am stoked that I am on the podium again.