David Wise becomes the first freestyle skier to ever won 2 gold medals in 2 Olympic Games.
After falling on his first two runs of the final, there was no playing it safe for the defending gold medalist. Wise stuck to the game plan and landed the run he wanted — a run that featured double corks spun in four different directions — on his third and final attempt. It vaulted him into the lead with a score of 97.20 and earned him his second consecutive Olympic gold medal in men’s freeski halfpipe.
One factor that judges use to evaluate halfpipe runs is variety, and one of the best way for skiers to show variety is by spinning tricks in all four directions — left, right, switch left and switch right. Last month at X Games, Wise became the first skier to land double corks in each of those four directions in one halfpipe run. It was a feat he repeated in PyeongChang.
« I’m honestly just in disbelief right now, » Wise said afterward. « Winning, losing, whatever, just the fact that I landed that run in the moment when it needed to happen, on that that third run, just felt so good. Today was just an amazing day of halfpipe skiing, »
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