A week after snowboarding legend Shaun White missed the podium in the halfpipe event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, American and X Games champion David Wise found glory where White could not by winning gold in the Games debut of the ski halfpipe event on Feb. 18.
Wise, who entered the Sochi Games favored to take the top prize, posted the second-highest qualifying mark of the field, bested only by Canadian Justin Dorey. He was joined in the final round by fellow American Aaron Blunck, who snagged the very last berth available. Team USA's Torin Yater-Wallace and Lyman Currier did not advance.
Wise scored an impressive 92.00 for his first run, which gave him the lead. He secured the gold when Dorey, the last man to compete, fell during his second run. Mike Riddle of Canada claimed silver after posting a field-best mark for his second run (90.60), while an 88.60 earned Frenchman Kevin Rolland the bronze.
Freestyle skiing in Sochi continues Feb. 20 with the men's ski cross event.