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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: U.S. skier David Wise captures gold in halfpipe

Gold medalist David Wise of the United States celebrates after the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Halfpipe Finals on day eleven of the 2014 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia
Gold medalist David Wise of the United States celebrates after the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Halfpipe Finals on day eleven of the 2014 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The U.S. ski team has racked up another medal in Sochi. According to USA TODAY Sports on Feb.18, American skier David Wise took home the gold medal in the debut of freeski halfpipe on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Reno, Nevada native wrapped up the win in his first fun as he scored a 92. He didn’t do so great on the second run, but his first score held up as he watched Canadian Justin Dorey fall midway through his run. The fall clinched it for Wise, giving the United States is 20th overall medal at the Winter Olympics.

Canadian Mke Riddle won the silver in the event and Kevin Rolland of France took home the bronze.

Wise’s victory wasn’t a surprise as he was favored in the event entering the games. His strong performances in the Winter X Games have ranked him as one of the best skiers in the halfpipe. David Wise was the first American to qualify in the event. He credits his family for keeping him modest as he has skied his way to the top of the sport.

He can now add the Olympic gold medal to the three gold medals he won at the Winter X Games last January.

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