David Wise Is a Legendary American Freestyle Skier
David Wise is already a legend of American freestyle skiing. He regularly rises to the podiums of the most prestigious competitions since 2012. He is already 2-time Olympic champion, world champion and 4-time winner of Winter X Games. But let’s find out more about the athlete.
David Wise was born on June 30, 1990, in Reno, Nevada, United States. He started to ski at the age of 3. First, he followed in his father’s footsteps and was a ski racer. But at 11, he became a freestyle skier. At the start of his career, the athlete also competed in moguls, aerials, big air and slopestyle, but later decided to concentrate on halfpipe and superpipe. At 15, David already won the American national title.
In 2007, Wise participated in the Junior World Ski Championships and finished 6th in halfpipe. At 2011 Australian New Zealand Cup, he won a bronze medal in halfpipe and finished 5th in big air. Also, he was a silver medalist of 2015 North American Cup.
Wise debuted at the senior World Championships in 2009 and finished 4th in halfpipe. In 2014, he also finished 4th before claiming a gold medal at 2013 World Ski Championships. In 2017, he was 4th again.
At 2012 Winter X Games, David Wise became a gold medalist in superpipe. In 2013 and 2014, he defended his title and became a Winter X Games champion for 3 years in a row. After 3 years without medals, in 2018 the skier claimed one more gold in superpipe.
The freestyle skier participated in his first World Cup event in 2009 Park City Mountain Resort and finished 12th. The same season, he rose to his first podium, winning a silver medal in La Plagne. However, the first gold was earned by the athlete in 2012 Mammoth.
In total, David gained 6 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals at the World Cup events. In 2011, he was a bronze medalist in halfpipe and 2012, he earned the discipline title. In 2013, he gained another bronze medal in halfpipe before returning to the title of the halfpipe World Cup winner in 2015.
At 2014 Winter Olympics, the halfpipe event was introduced to the freestyle program. After claiming gold in the discipline with the best result of 92.00 points, David Wise became the first Olympic champion in halfpipe.
At 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, David got 97.20 points as his best score and defended the title, gained in 2014. Now, he is the first male freestyle skier, who won 2 gold medals in halfpipe at Winter Olympic Games.
So, in the latest years, David Wise has been at the peak of his career and still continues to show excellent results. At the moment, he is definitely one of the best Americans in freestyle skiing and we think that his tradition to win gold medals will continue in the following seasons.