David Wise repeated X Games gold leading a USA sweep. (Getty Images-Doug Pensinger)
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 25) - U.S. Freeskiing's David Wise (Reno, NV) soared to a repeat X Games gold leading a USA podium sweep. Hometown hero Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen, CO) took silver in his first event back from injury while veteran Simon Dumont (Bethel, ME) won bronze. Wise threw back to back double cork 1260s to claim his second title and best the field in every run.
David Wise (Reno, NV) repeated as X Games titleist leading a USA sweep in halfpipe skiing.
Wise put down an epic performance on both runs (he opted out of a third), throwing back to back double cork 1260s to take the gold 95.66 to 93.00 over Yater-Wallace.
It was a welcome medal for Dumont - his eighth in superpipe history and first since 2011.
Wise run: right side 720 leading mute-grab, switch left side double cork 1080 Japan grab, right side double cork 1260 mute grab, ally-oop flat 540 true tail grab.
Yater-Wallace: right side double 1260 mute grab, ally-oop double flat spin 900 Japan grab, right 900 true tail grab, left side 1080 true tail grab, switch right 900 mute grab.
Dumont: left side double cork 1260 mute grab, right side 900 leading mute grab, double flair tail grab, left side ally-oop 720 mute grab, switch left 720 mute grab, ally-oop flat spin 540 bro-kang grab
Halfpipe skiing will make its Olympic debut next season in Sochi, with Olympic test events there next month.
QUOTES David Wise This has been a great night. I was hoping for this, but I wasn't expecting it. I was so happy to get the dubs dialed and its been a goal of mine for a long time. I went out there and laid it down. I started to get a little nervous when Torin went on his last run, and I'm glad my score stuck. At the same time it's an honor to be up here with my teammates who all skied really well and we are fresh off injuries. I'm really excited for the rest of the season.