David Wise pulled off the first back-to-back double cork 1260s in competition history Friday night and easily defended his ski superpipe title at the Winter X Games in Aspen.
Having already put scores of 94.66 and 95.66 on the board, the Reno, Nevada, resident was a gold-medal winner even before his third and final run, which turned out to be a victory lap.
“Best night of pipe riding of my life!” Wise wrote on his Facebook page.
On his winning run, Wise soared 20 feet, 3 inches on his final trick, an alley-oop flat spin 540. He also landed one of the hardest tricks in the sport, a switch double cork 1080.
Watch Wise’s second–and golden–run:
“It’s such a challenge to come out here and beat the best guys in the world,” Wise told ESPN. “I had a run that I really wanted to do; I wanted to come out and make a statement. I came out and landed it. It’s just an honor to be out here doing what I love.”
It was the 11th straight year either a U.S. or French skier has won gold in this event. Torin Yater-Wallace, a 17-year-old Aspen native, took silver. Simon Dumont of Bethel, Maine, won bronze.
Photo courtesy of ESPN Winter X Games.