How many skiers can you think of who are, at 23 years old, married fathers with a World Championships gold medal in halfpipe?
Well, there's only one, and his name is David Wise.
Hailing from Reno, USA, David first strapped on the boards at the age of three when his ski-crazy family - led by ex-collegiate ski racer dad - decided they had had enough of looking for babysitters on powder days.
In his formative years, David followed in his father's footsteps, ski racing with the local squads and honing his skills in speed and edge control. However, like so many young skiers making their way towards their teens, what David really wanted to do was hit jumps that would put him as far off the snow as possible, and at the age of 11 he joined the local freestyle ski team and began training in halfpipe and big air.
You might say he was a quick study, winning both the halfpipe and big air competitions at the Junior Olympics at the age of 13, only two years after first getting into freestyle. Since then, he's done nothing but rack up career highlight after career highlight, culminating in a 2012-13 season that saw him repeat as X-Games halfpipe champion before stepping up a few short weeks later to claim the Freestyle World Ski Championship gold in Voss, NOR.
Wise continued his halfpipe domination in his event's debut at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, as he was able to power through the rain, snow, and slow pipe conditions to take ski halfpipe's inaugural gold medal.
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