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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.

      DAVID SAYS
      The success that I had this season went well beyond my expectations. Making the U.S. Olympic Team was challenging enough, so I was immensely proud to be able to represent the sport that I love in its first Olympics. To win the first-ever gold medal was beyond my wildest dreams. I can't wait to see where the sport goes next, and you better believe that I'll be there pushing the next limit.

      FIRST TRACKS
      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 Wise try freeskiing.

      OFF THE SNOW
      Growing up around Lake Tahoe for Wise has its advantages. Cliff jumping, bouncing on the trampoline and mountain biking in the summer, plus world-class skiing in the winter, has helped Wise develop into one of the top 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. He loves to spend his evenings reading and hanging out with his wife Alexandra. Together they run the youth group at their church.

      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. 

       

      Highlights

      OLYMPICS
      Teams: 2014
      Gold, HP, Sochi, RUS, 2014

      AFP Ranking
      3rd, HP, 2014
      1st, HP, 2013
      2nd, HP, 2012
      4th, HP, 2011

      X GAMES
      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

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

      FIS WORLD CUP
      Eleven World Cup Starts, seven podiums, three wins, since 2009

      GRAND PRIX
      1st, HP, Breckenridge, CO, 2014
      1st, HP, Park City, UT, 2013
      1st, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
      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

      OTHER
      1st, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 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
      6th, HP, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012