David Wise (Reno, NV) became the first-ever Olympic halfpipe skiing champion Tuesday night, winning gold at the sport’s debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Heavy snow didn’t slow down Wise, as he put down an unbeatable run in the first round and scored a 92.00 ahead of silver winner Mike Riddle of Canada, and Kevin Rolland of France taking the bronze.
David proud to represent Team USA sporting the American flag and the first-ever Olympic Gold medal for ski halfpipe! Photo @mrdavidwise Instagram
“It’s amazing!” David Wise exclaimed after winning in Sochi. “It’s always rough when the conditions aren’t perfect and you don’t get to do the runs that you were hoping to do. I’ve had a Sochi run on my mind for a long time that I really wanted to throw down tonight, but you guys will just have to wait to see that one. I’m really proud of freeskiing tonight. The riders all came out, stepped it up and put on a good show in spite of the rough conditions. I’m happy to have landed my run and it’s an amazing honor”.
The halfpipe skiing debut will be featured on NBC’s Primetime Olympic coverage at 8:00 p.m. EST Tuesday, and every ounce of the halfpipe action can be streamed on NBCOlympics.com. The women take on their first-ever Olympic halfpipe skiing final on Thursday Feb. 20.