Home is where the heart is—or hearts in the case of U.S. freeskier David Wise.
Wise, the overwhelming favorite to win the freestyle skiing halfpipe competition at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, has a collection of heart-shaped rocks on a brick windowsill outside the family home in Reno, Nevada.
He told the New York Times recently that during his travels near and far he hunts for the heart-shaped rocks for his wife, Alexandra.
“Now I’ve got the curse of spotting them,” he told the Times.
Looks like he found a doozy in Sochi, and just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Wise posted his find on Instragram (see photo above). He included this note:
“I started a tradition of collecting heart-shaped rocks and bringing them home to my wifey to show her that I was thinking of her while I am gone. They can be from anything as simple as a short hike or fishing trip, or anything as complex as a trip to Russia. Some of them stick out more than others. I think this one might be one that she won’t forget!”
He tagged it with cheesy love story, sappy romantic, and miss you baby.
From Russia, with love. Touching.
No doubt, Alexandra would love for her husband to also bring home a certain kind of medal as a souvenir, and there’s a good chance of that.
Wise is no stranger to winning gold medals. The four-time U.S. champion has won the last three Winter X Games halfpipe competitions in Aspen, Colorado, and was the FIS Freestyle World Ski champion in 2013.
If he adds Olympic champion to his resume, however, we’re pretty sure the gold medal won’t be joining the rock collection on the brick windowsill.
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