BRECKENRIDGE, CO (Dec. 14) – Brita Sigourney’s (Carmel, CA) amplitude and technical tricks won the judges over at women’s halfpipe finals at Dew Tour today. Teammate Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA) whose run featured left and right 900’s with strong grabs, landed her in second. It was Sigourney’s first competition back after she suffered a knee injury in late February. Next up for halfpipe athletes is the VISA U.S. Grand Prix and FIS World Cup at Copper Mountain Jan. 9-13.
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Dec. 8) – The 2013 U.S. Freeskiing Team, a powerhouse squad of 33 athletes led by four-time X Games medalist Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA) X Games Champion David Wise (Reno, NV), Overall Association of Freeskiing Professionals Champion Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) and four-time X Game medalist Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) was named today at Copper Mountain. Freeskiing makes its Olympic debut at the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia, where both slopestyle and halfpipe disciplines will be showcased. The team is gearing up for its first competition of the season, the Dew Tour at Breckenridge Dec. 13-16, followed by the VISA U.S.
WHISTLER, CANADA (April 24) – U.S. Freeskiing athletes Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) and Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) were crowned the overall AFP World Champions following the season ending slopestyle and halfpipe competitions last weekend in Whistler. The overall trophies were named and presented in honor of the late Sarah Burke. It was Kenworthy's second straight winter atop the AFP standings which spans halfpipe, slopestyle and big air competitions across 35 events stretching from August to April each season.
TIGNES, France (Mar. 16) – It was a storybook gold medal run for 16-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) who threw down his typical smooth landings and big amplitude. His winning run featured two technical double tricks. Teammate David Wise (Reno, NV) finished third with three cork tricks in his run. Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) followed in neighbor Kelly Clark’s (West Dover, VT) reign at the European X Games taking the 13th medal for the USA.
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA (March 4) - Putting pressure aside, after a crash on his first run, David Wise (Reno, NV) went huge on his final run and nailed it, scoring a 94.4 for the win at the VISA U.S. Grand Prix, FIS World Cup and platinum AFP event. The win was the third consecutive victory for Wise and also his third major of the season. On the women's side, Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) placed her own bookend on the freeskiing series with a top finish. She was also the winner of the first event of the season in Copper Mountain, CO.
Final Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Stop Boasts Big Names at Mammoth Mountain
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA (Feb. 22) – Watch for U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding favorites like Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA), David Wise (Reno, NV), Matt Ladley (Chicago, IL), Chas Guldemond (Reno, NV) and more at the final stop of the 2012 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, CA, February 29 – March 3. The third and final stop is a World Cup for freeskiing and a TTR 5Star ranked event with $42,000 in prize money up for grabs.
SNOWBASIN, UT (Feb. 11) — David Wise (Reno, NV) continued his winning streak at Dew Tour in Snowbasin, Utah winning his second straight halfpipe event. Wise's first run won the evening for him as his did his first ever 1440 in the halfpipe in his second run and couldn't get to his feet. France's Kevin Rolland came in second place and won the Dew Tour Cup while 16-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) landed on his third straight podium. His perfectly executed double cork 1260 in his second run landed him in third.
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.
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.