David Wise Men’s Ski Halfpipe X Games Aspen 2014 Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports
David Wise and Maddie Bowman continued their dominance in Ski Halfpipe as both returned to defend their gold medal from X Games Aspen 2013.
With the win, Wise accomplished the three-peat, something that has not been done in six years in Ski Halfpipe since Tanner Hall was the last to win three in a row.
“Halfpipe skiing has progressed so fast over the years,” said Wise. “To be able to be on top again, for three years in a row, it’s an unbelievable feeling. I get to ski against the best in the world here at the X Games.”
Maddie Bowman successfully defended her gold medal in Women’s Ski Halfpipe with a strong second run in the best of three run format.
“It is always so much fun to be able to ski with these ladies,” said Bowman. “X Games always gives us a great venue with a great halfpipe to compete in. Female skiing has come such a long way from its beginnings to now. I feel privileged to continue to growth of the sport.”
An emotional Roz Groenewoud took second place in Women’s Ski Halfpipe.
“It’s been two years since Sarah (Burke) passed,” said Groenewoud. “I am so ecstatic to be on the podium tonight. It has been such a roller coaster of emotions for me this week so it felt great to be able to ski well and have fun tonight.”
X Games Aspen provided the final stop for Ski Halfpipe before the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
“It never crossed my mind to skip X Games Aspen to focus on the Olympics,” said Wise. “This entire season has seen some of the best ski halfpipe riding ever. X Games is no different. All of the way through the qualifiers, this has been such a heated competition. Being here in Aspen at the X Games provides the final place to get the big contest nerves out of the system. Besides, there is never a bad time for being pushed and forcing new progression in the sport.”