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5 Takeaways from David Wise's Performance at Sochi Olympics

David Wise, of the United States, reacts after competing in the men's ski halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Wise won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Trey WarrenContributor IIIFebruary 19, 2014

It was American skier David Wise who took home the gold medal in the first Olympic men’s freestyle skiing halfpipe event in Sochi on Feb. 18.

Wise posted a score of 92.00 in his first of two runs during the final, which would end up topping the field. Team Canada’s Mike Riddle took home the silver medal, and Kevin Rolland won bronze for France.

Here are five takeaways from Wise’s performance on Tuesday.

 

First Olympic medal

It was Wise’s first appearance in the Olympics, and he started it off with a bang.

His 92.00 in the final was the best score of the whole event. He had the second-highest score in qualifying with an 88.40.

It was a great start to Wise’s Olympic career. At just 23 years old, he ends his first Olympics with a gold medal in the only event he will compete in.

 

Continued domination

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19:  U.S. Olympian David Wise visits the USA House in the Olympic Village on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)
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Wise’s gold-medal performance in Sochi is just another win to add to his already-impressive resume.

Since 2012, Wise has won four competitions. He took home the gold in X Games Tignes and Aspen. He also finished the 2013 World Championships as the gold medalist.

Wise is also a five-time World Cup medalist, including his first gold medal in January.

 

Only American male to medal in a halfpipe event

Both skiers and snowboarders were displeased with the conditions of the halfpipe at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

Even if that's the case, Wise was the only American male to medal between the ski and snowboarding teams. He was one of four skiers to ride for the Americans, and 17-year-old Aaron Blunck was the only one to qualify with Wise.

Torin Yater-Wallace and Lyman Currier were the other skiers to not qualify for the final.

 

Highest score and lowest score

As previously mentioned, Wise scored a 92.00 on his first run of the finals, which ended up as the best score of the competition.

He would also have the worst score of the event. During his second run, Wise took a fall near the top of the pipe. He went ahead and skied down the middle of the pipe and received a score of 3.40.

 

Adds to U.S. domination in extreme sports

Wise added to the impressive medal count the Americans have accumulated in the extreme sports events.

It was the fifth gold earned by the U.S. in such competitions. The team now has 11 total, nearly half of the 23 medals the Americans have earned in Sochi.

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