David Wise (freestyle skier)

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David Wise
CountryUnited States
Full nameDavid wise
Born (1990-06-30) June 30, 1990 (age 28)
Height6 ft (183 cm)[1]
Personal bestGold medals
World Cup career
Individual winsgold
Updated on 22 February 2018.

David Wise (born June 30, 1990) is an American freestyle skier, two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time X Games Gold Medalist. In 2014, Wise won his third consecutive gold at X Games XVIII in Aspen, Colo. before heading to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics where he became the first gold medalist in the Men's Freeski Halfpipe which debuted in the Winter Games that year. In 2018, after struggling both personally and professionally since his win in Sochi, Wise won his fourth gold at the X Games just before he left for PyeongChang to defend his Olympic title. After a sub-par qualifying competition that placed him in the fifth drop-in position for the finals, Wise failed to complete each of his first two runs due, in both cases, to a binding malfunction. On his third and final run, Wise completed a career-best run to take gold with a score of 97.20 to win his second Olympic Gold.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Wise grew up in Reno, Nev. He started skiing at the age of three, learning at Sky Tavern just outside of Reno. He grew up skiing with his two sisters, Christy and Jessica, and his dad, Thomas. It was in 2011 that Wise joined his first freestyle ski team. In the early years, he also competed in moguls, aerials, big air and slopestyle under the direction of Clay Beck but eventually gravitated to the halfpipe - one of many "new school" events he watched on TV at the X Games. In 2011, he married his wife, Alexandra. The couple have two children: a daughter, Nayeli,[3] and a son, Malachi. Wise is a practicing Christian, and he and his wife lead a youth group at their church in Reno, Nevada.[4][5]


  1. ^ "David Wise". teamusa.org. United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  2. ^ Archibold, Randal C. (2018-02-22). "No Podium Sweep, but David Wise Repeats as Freestyle Ski Halfpipe Champion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  3. ^ "David Wise – X Games". Espn.go.com. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  4. ^ Clary, John (2013-03-29). "Voice: David Wise". Powdermag.com. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  5. ^ Amato, Laura (February 21, 2018). "David Wise's Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 22 February 2018.

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