David Wise adds more gold for USA in halfpipe skiing

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David Wise adds more gold for USA in halfpipe skiing

Post  Admin on Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:19 am

Soaring through sloppy snow and sleet, USA's David Wise won the first gold medal in the young sport of halfpipe skiing, outclassing a field in Sochi that had trouble with the slow, waterlogged conditions.

The 23-year-old from Reno, Nevada, dropped into the halfpipe and scored a 92 - a mark that held up to beat Canada's Mike Riddle by 1.4 points while Kevin Rolland of France took bronze.

Wise performed his most dependable jumps: 2 1/2 spins; two flips with 3 1/2 spins; back-to-back 720-degree spins; then another two-flip, 1260-degree move.  Some went 14-15 feet above the halfpipe. Most had fancy grabs of the skis that the judges love and all had rock-solid landings that won him the gold medal.


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