David Wise won his first X Games gold medal last January in Aspen, Colo., in the Men's Ski SuperPipe finals.
Time to Focus
"Just take a moment and refocus," Wise says about doing high-pressure runs. "Tell yourself it's just another run. All the outside influences don't matter. Every run is one run of you and the halfpipe."
David Wise with fellow halfpipe skier, Canadian Mike Riddle, at the X Games in Aspen.
Wise earned the bronze medal at the X Games in Tignes, France last March.
Wise, who is from Reno, Nev., is married to wife, Lexi, and has a young daughter named Nayeli.
Last season, Wise took second overall on the Association of Freeskiing Professionals halfpipe rankings behind young gun Torin Yater-Wallace.
Hard At Work
"I was never good at self-promotion," Wise says. "I just like to ski, and I just worked hard at skiing."
David Wise throwing a light-hearted, old-school spread eagle in a halfpipe run.
"I have always been hungry to be at the top level, one step, one trick or one foot ahead of the rest," Wise says.