Edging the Xtreme

David Wise eyes Olympic gold

"It's as hard to win one X Games Medal as it is to win three," says skier David Wise, a three-time X Games halfpipe gold medalist.

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Wise has been on top for a long time and he knows here at the Olympics he represents all of the pioneers of the sport who aren't in Sochi, such as Simon Dumont and others.

He began competing in halfpipe at a young age, winning his first US national title at age 15 and then turning professional at 18. Wise kicked off a dominant winning streak in 2012, winning the Winter X Games, The Dew Tour finals, and The Grand Prix finals consecutively and has not looked back since.

"I definitely have set myself up for Sochi by winning the X Games again this year. I'm just so excited to be here at the Olympics for the Opening Ceremonies and all that goes on here at the Games, especially now that halfpipe skiing is part of this whole scene."

Wise has perspective, experience and talent and he knows what it will take to win in Sochi. The men's and women's halfpipe will be the event to watch on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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