David Wise (freestyle skier)

David Wise (born June 30, 1990) is an American freestyle skier. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2014, 2018) and a four-time X Games Gold Medalist (2012, 2013, 2014, 2018). In 2014, Wise won his third consecutive gold medal at Winter X Games XVIII in Aspen, Colorado, before heading to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. There, he became the first Olympic 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 medal 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 the gold medal, the second Olympic gold medal of his career, with a score of 97.20.[2]

David Wise
CountryUnited States
Full nameDavid Wise
Born (1990-06-30) June 30, 1990 (age 32)
Reno, Nevada
Height6 ft (183 cm)[1]
Personal bestGold medals
World Cup career
Individual winsgold
Medal record
Men's freestyle skiing
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Sochi Halfpipe
Gold medal – first place 2018 Pyeongchang Halfpipe
Silver medal – second place 2022 Beijing Halfpipe
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Voss Halfpipe
Winter X Games
Gold medal – first place 2012 Aspen SuperPipe
Gold medal – first place 2013 Aspen SuperPipe
Gold medal – first place 2014 Aspen SuperPipe
Gold medal – first place 2018 Aspen SuperPipe
Gold medal – first place 2023 Aspen SuperPipe
Silver medal – second place 2013 Tignes SuperPipe
Silver medal – second place 2019 Aspen SuperPipe
Updated on 3 May 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Wise grew up in Reno, Nevada. He started skiing at age three, learning at Sky Tavern just outside of Reno. He grew up skiing with his two sisters, Christy and Jessica, and his father, Thomas. In 2011, 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 girlfriend, Alexandra. The couple has two children: a daughter, Nayeli,[3] and a son, Malachi.

Wise is a Christian. Wise has said, “Skiing for me has always been my act of worship to God, and as long it continues to be, I will keep on skiing. I don’t treat my sport as something that’s meant to glorify me; I try my best to treat it as something that brings glory to God. I worship the Creator by doing what I was created to do. He gave me the talent and continues to provide opportunities for me, so I’m going to go out there and use every one as an act of worship.”[4]


  1. ^ "David Wise". teamusa.org. United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  2. ^ Archibold, Randal C. (February 22, 2018). "No Podium Sweep, but David Wise Repeats as Freestyle Ski Halfpipe Champion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "David Wise – X Games". Espn.go.com. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  4. ^ Ackerman, Jon. "American David Wise defends Olympic ski halfpipe gold medal with clutch final run". Sports Spectrum. Retrieved February 22, 2022.

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