American men 1-2 in halfpipe at freestyle worlds
OSLO, Norway – David-Wise of Reno, Nev., has won his first halfpipe title at the world freestyle skiing championships.
Wise earned 96.2 points on Tuesday from his first run, leading a 1-2 American finish in Oslo, Norway. World Cup leader Torin Yater-Wallace followed with a first run of 95.6 and Thomas Krief of France was third.
“It was one of the most exciting finals we’ve seen all year! I was going towards the end of the start list and it was so fun to watch everyone drop in and throw down some amazing runs,” Wise said.
Wise, a four-time U.S. champion, was fourth in the two previous worlds in 2009 and 2011.
“I set a goal of the run I wanted to do and didn’t hold anything back and I am thrilled this all came together for me,” Wise said.
Wise’s winning run consisted of a leftside cork 900 nose-grab, rightside 720 leading mute-grab, switch double cork 1080, rightside double cork 1260, leftside double cork 1260.
Virginie Faivre of Switzerland has regained the title she won in 2009, rallying from third after the first run.
She passed first-run leader Anais Caradeux of France and Ayana Onozuka of Japan with a total of 83.8 in the second run. Caradeux beat qualifying leader Onozuka by 0.2 points for the silver with 80.6.
Maddie Bowman of South Lake Tahoe did not compete after she sustained a fall in training and didn’t feel up to qualifiers.
– U.S. Ski Team contributed to this report.