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      Growing up around Lake Tahoe has its advantages, especially if you're David Wise. Cliff jumping, bouncing on the trampoline and mountain biking in the summer, plus world-class skiing in the winter, have helped Wise develop into one of the top young halfpipe skiers in the nation. He also balances his time in order to be with his young family, and often his wife Alexandra and daughter Nayeli are present to cheer him on at competitions.

      Wise began competing in halfpipe at a young age, winning his first U.S. National title at age 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 winning streak in 2012, winning the Winter X Games, The Dew Tour Finals and The Grand Prix finals consecutively.

      The 2013 season was Wise's most successful yet. He repeated Gold at the Winter X Games, won the FIS World Championships, secured silver at X Games Tignes and won the Grand Prix finals, which secured him his sixth U.S. National Title. Top it off with his first AFP halfpipe title, and things are looking good for Sochi.

      It is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of such an amazing sport. This year has been the best year in history for halfpipe skiing competition, and I've loved every moment being a part of it. I am proud of what the sport has become and excited to see it represented in the Winter Olympic Games next year!

      Wise started skiing at age three at Sky Tavern on the outskirts of Reno. From there he quickly moved on to ski racing at Mt. Rose, NV. After getting into trouble repeatedly for skiing the terrain park during racing practice, breaking expensive race skis on jumps and constantly nagging his parents, they finally let their son try freeskiing.

      Wise spends a lot of his free time in the gym in Reno, working to stay strong and injury free. He rides and “sometimes crashes” his mountain bike at least a couple of times a week. 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. He loves to spend his evenings reading and hanging out with his wife Alexandra. Together they run the youth group at their church.



      AFP Ranking
      1st, HP, 2013
      2nd, HP, 2012
      4th, HP, 2011

      X GAMES
      Gold, HP, Aspen, CO, 2013
      Gold, HP, Aspen, CO, 2012
      Silver, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2012
      Silver, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2013

      Teams: 2013, 2011, 2009
      1st, HP, Voss, NOR, 2013
      4th, HP, Park City, UT, 2011
      4th, HP, Inawashiro, JPN, 2009

      Six career podiums since 2009

      1st, HP, Park City, UT, 2013
      1st, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
      3rd, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013

      2011, Stratton Mountain, VT
      2009, Squaw Valley, CA
      2008, Park City, UT
      2006, Killington, VT

      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
      6th, HP, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012