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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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.
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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.
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