Overcoming a first run crash, David Wise went big in the freeskiing finals to nail a 94.4 victory at the Visa U.S. Grand Prix, FIS World Cup and Platinum AFP Event. Wise has been riding strong as of late, with Sunday marking his third consecutive victory.
Wise described what was going on in his mind during the day’s competition, “My first run was pretty good and I was in the zone and feeling good, then I clipped the deck a bit and my ski came off- it’s all a part of the game, it happens! Going into my second run I was like ‘Hey you know what? This is just another run. You’ve done a million of these and all you have to do it get out there and land on your feet.’ That’s all that really matters.”
While he only finished in fifth, the competition served as a history-making event for Torin Yater-Wallace. Wallace landed the first-ever in-competition 1440 double cork! Yater-Wallace and Wise have been battling for the top position in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Ranking lists. The win moves Wise to the top with Yater-Wallace in the second slot.
Brita Sigourney took the top spot on the women’s side of the freeskiing series. This is her fourth major podium appearance, resulting in $10,000 for her performance. The win is also Sigourney’s second of the series, the initial win coming at Copper Mountain. Canada’s Rosalind Groenewoud finished second and Maddie Bowman seized her sixth straight podium with a third place finish.
When asked about her win Sigourney responded, “It’s always a relief to land your first run, I’m never that solid on my first run because I’m so jittery, but it’s still a relief. So the next run you can work on cleaning up your tricks and that’s exactly what I did, so I couldn’t be happier. I went big on my final hit  because I just don’t think I am going to make it around unless I go big!”
Canada’s Matt Margett’s and Groenewoud won the Big Air hit from the Air National Guard and were awarded $2500 each.