Wise Wins Toyota Grand Prix Halfpipe
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (Dec. 8, 2017) – David Wise (Reno, Nev.) landed a moonshot and found the top step of the podium in the men’s halfpipe finals at the opening Toyota U.S. Grand Prix Friday. In the women’s final, Devin Logan (West Dover, Vt.) led five members of the U.S. Freeski Team into the top 10, finishing second.
"I’m over the moon right now," Wise said following his victory. "Honestly, my goal for this contest starting off was to just land some runs. I wanted to come in – I’ve been working on the switch right dub for a long time now – and I wanted to come out with that exclamation mark and land it.
"It felt really good to land that trick and land some runs and being on top of the podium at the end of the day is just a huge bonus," Wise continued. "I mean pipe skiing is so ridiculous right now. So many guys are shredding so hard."
Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass,), Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.), Brita Sigourney (Carmel, Calif.) and Carly Margulies (Mammoth Lake, Calif.) finished fourth through seventh respectively. On the men’s side, Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, Colo.) was fifth, Birk Irving (Winter Park, Colo.) was seventh and Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.) was ninth.
“It feels great," Logan said of her podium result. "I mean not having my best result at Mammoth last year, I definitely needed some redemption to kind of ease the stress on me and I was happy to put down some runs that I’m happy with and can just build up from there.”