SOCHI, Russia -- NBC Charlotte’s Dave Wagner caught up with Olympic gold medalist David Wise after his win Tuesday.
Wise said learning he won the first-ever gold for halfpipe skiing felt amazing.
“I had to stick with my first run score, so it was a nerve-racking thing. Because I knew the last guy Justin Dorey could have definitely beat me. To watch him not quite fulfill his best run and realize I had just won the gold medal was just this amazing sense of relief,” he said. “All of this hard work has gone into this, and I was able to pull it off in this moment.”
Wise said conditions were about as bad as they could be for the halfpipe. The fresh snow made it difficult for competitors, but the American put on a good show. He says even a day later, he’s still pinching himself to make sure his victory is more than just a dream.
Wise, 23, has his wife in Sochi with him. Their young daughter is at home in Nevada. Wise says he’s just as excited to be a young dad as he is an Olympian.
“She’s going to grow up with me being able to do everything with her. She’s never going to be able to keep up with me,” Wise laughs.
Despite her wobbly legs, Wise has already taking 2-year-old Nayeli out on the slopes and he says she’ll do it again.
As happy as Wise is to have his family, he thanks all of his home country supporting him along the way.
“Hey, Charlotte! Thanks for the support. It means the world to me,” Wise said to his fans in the Queen City.