KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — World champion David Wise, who grew up in nearby Reno, Nev., added Olympic gold to his trophy collection with victory in the men’s ski halfpipe competition Tuesday.
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Wise hd difficukty on his second run but his 92.00-point first run held up and he headed a podium made up entirely of world champions.
Canadian Mike Riddle (90.60), the man Wise deposed as world champion, took silver. The man Riddle succeeded, Kevin Rolland (88.60) of France, earned bronze.
Wise has been enjoying his journey through Russia.
“It’s been amazing right from the start,” said Wise in an interview with the sochi2014.com Website. “Just walking through the opening ceremony with Team USA and just feeling like a part of this grand thing for the Olympics was really cool. To be out here representing not only USA freestyle skiing but also where I come from and the country that I live in, is just amazing.”