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 2013/14 season that saw him win the final World Cup warm-up of the season before marching into the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and winning the first-ever ski halfpipe gold medal.

Powering through rain, snow, and and huge pressure to claim victory in Sochi - all with a smile on his face - showed what kind of guy David Wise is, able to take on all challenges with aplomb.

After a difficult 2016/17 World Cup season in which he didn’t finish higher than eighth in four competitions entered, Wise looked absolutely back on top of his game in his first competition of 2017/18 at Copper. Exhibiting all of the trademark technical proficiency that made him a podium lock from the day he broke onto the World Cup scene in 2009, Wise’s complex trick arsenal combined with an explosiveness that has not always been one of his fortes - gave him his first World Cup victory since he last did it almost exactly three years ago, also at Copper.