Family man Wise gets gold

Squeaky-clean halfpipe champion represents a different side of freestyle skiing.

Originally Published: February 13, 2014
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN.com

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- David Wise has an image problem.

That has been the knock on him from inside the action sports industry, a rationalization for his lack of magazine covers, big-sponsor support and name recognition. When reporters from major media outlets have flown to his home in Reno, Nev., looking to bring his story to the mainstream, it is his lack of cool, not his contest results, that they come to cover.

Wise emerged seemingly out of nowhere to dominate ski halfpipe ...

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