Family man David Wise has been on the top of the halfpipe podium since early 2011 and now has his own chapter in the freeskiing history books for becoming the first-ever Olympic halfpipe skiing gold medalist. (Getty Images/Adam Pretty)
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Gus Kenworthy led a U.S. sweep in the men’s halfpipe final, which was cancelled due to heavy snow, as the results were determined off the qualifying round.
Eight U.S. athletes qualified for Friday’s halfpipe finals at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.
The U.S. Grand Prix tour kicks off at California’s Mammoth Mountain Jan. 21-24. Both snowboarders and freeskiers will compete in halfpipe and slopestyle. (USSA)
American skier David Wise (Reno, NV) won the men’s superpipe event under snowy conditions at the Dew Tour Breckenridge on Saturday.
Olympic Champions Wise, Bowman and Christensen lead 39 athletes named to 2016 U.S. Freeskiing Team
The final stop of the FIS World Cup halfpipe tour wrapped up under the lights in Tignes, France with David Wise, Alex Ferreira and Brita Sigourney all snagging podium spots and Wise walking away with his first crystal globe.
The FIS World Cup Tour wraps up this week with halfpipe finals taking place in Tignes, France on Thursday, with slopestyle qualis and finals taking place in Silvaplana, Switzerland on Friday and Saturday. Gus Kenworthy sits in striking distance for both.
Wednesday kicked off qualifying rounds for all Sprint U.S. Grand Prix events in Park City, UT, including the Visa U.S. Grand Prix ski halfpipe.
The final stop on the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix tour will take place Feb. 25- Mar.1 at Park City Mountain Resort.
Olympic champion Maddie Bowman’s solid run during halfpipe skiing qualifications at the Visa U.S. Grand Prix translated to a first place podium.
X Games officially wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with ski superpipe. Canada’s Simon d’Artois wins gold in dramatic fashion, Kevin Rolland of France wins silver, and hometown hero Alex Ferreira (Aspen, CO) wins bronze.
Torin Yater-Wallace upset Olympic champion David Wise to take the Dew Tour halfpipe skiing title.
David Wise, Torin Yater-Wallace and Devin Logan each found the podium at the first U.S. Grand Prix of the season.
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Family man David Wise has been on the top of the halfpipe podium since early 2011 and now has his own chapter in the freeskiing history books for becoming the first-ever Olympic gold medalist for halfpipe skiing.
Wise, a family man from Reno, NV, had a consistent road to Sochi, winning two of the five Olympic qualifying events and clinching his team nomination through objective criteria. Ticket to Sochi in hand, Wise made a quick stop in Aspen, CO before heading to Russia and bagged his third-straight X Games Gold medal, the only athlete to accomplish the feat since Tanner Hall’s three-peat from 2006-2008.
In Sochi, unfavorable weather conditions in the Olympic halfpipe venue provided a challenge to competitors, but Wise remained focused and professional and threw down a smooth and technical run that was unbeatable. Heading into the Olympics, Wise considered it a huge achievement just to represent his country at his sport’s debut. With the gold medal in hand and his family cheering him on at the bottom, Wise truly achieved freeskiing greatness in 2014.
Wise began competing in halfpipe at a young age, winning his first U.S. National title at 15 and then turning professional at 18. Wise has all the tools to compete on the highest level: style, technicality and amplitude. So it should come as no surprise that Wise kicked off a dominant streak in 2012, winning the Winter X Games, The Dew Tour Finals and The Grand Prix finals consecutively. The 2013 season was another standout year for Wise with gold at the Winter X Games, gold at the FIS World Championships, silver at X Games Tignes and winning a sixth U.S. National Title. He then topped it off with an AFP halfpipe title.
OFF THE SNOW
Wise also spends a lot of his free time in the ForMaxResults.com gym in Reno, working to stay strong and injury free. In the summer he plays volleyball on the beaches of Tahoe. He and his friends have a “men's league” slow-pitch softball team that helps Wise get his competitive sports fix.
Gold, HP, Sochi, RUS, 2014
1st, HP, 2015
1st, HP, 2013
2nd, HP, 2012
4th, HP, 2011
Gold, HP, Aspen, CO, 2014
Gold, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013
Gold, HP, Aspen, CO, 2012
Silver, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2012
Silver, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2013
4th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2015
Teams: 2009, 2011, 2013
1st, HP, Voss, NOR, 2013
4th, HP, Park City, UT, 2011
4th, HP, Inawashiro, JPN, 2009
Thirteen World Cup Starts, eight podiums, four wins, since 2009
1st, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2014
1st, HP, Breckenridge, CO, 2014
1st, HP, Park City, UT, 2013
1st, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
2nd,HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA 2015
3rd, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES
2011, Stratton Mountain, VT
2009, Squaw Valley, CA
2008, Park City, UT
2006, Killington, VT
1st, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2015
1st, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2013
1st, HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012
2nd, HP, New Zealand Open, Cardrona, NZL, 2011
3rd, HP, New Zealand Winter Games, Snowpark, NZL, 2011
5th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2012