Sunday, Mar. 4, 2012
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Wise Wins Third Straight
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA (March 4) – Putting pressure aside, after a crash on his first run, David Wise (Reno, NV) went huge on his final run and nailed it, scoring a 94.4 for the win at the VISA U.S. Grand Prix, FIS World Cup and platinum AFP event. The win was the third consecutive victory for Wise and also his third major of the season. On the women’s side, Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) placed her own bookend on the freeskiing series with a top finish. She was also the winner of the first event of the season in Copper Mountain, CO.
• David Wise (Reno, NV) recovered from a crash in his first run to score a 94.4 in his second, and win the VISA U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.
• Wise has won three consecutive events and three major events this season.
• Torin Yater-Wallace (Basalt, CO) who finished fifth, landed the first-ever in-competition 1440 double cork.
• Following Wise was Canada’s Noah Bowman with a 92.0 and France’s Benoit Valentin with a 90.0.
• Yater-Wallace and Wise have been battling for the top position in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals World Ranking lists. The win moves Wise to the top with Yater-Wallace in the second slot.
• Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) claimed the top spot at the VISA U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain. The win is Sigourney’s second of the series, the initial win coming at Copper Mountain.
• Sigourney made her fourth major podium appearance with the win and picked up $10,000 for her efforts.
• Canada’s Rosalind Groenewoud finished second and Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) was third.
• Bowman collected her sixth straight podium of the season.
• Canada’s Matt Margett’s and Groenewoud won the Big Air hit from the Air National Guard and were awarded $2500 each.
My whole year this year has been a battle with the pressure and realizing how to overcome it. The reality is you are only under as much pressure as you put on yourself.
My first run was pretty good and I was in the zone and feeling good, then I clipped the deck a bit and my ski came off- it’s all a part of the game, it happens! Going into my second run I was like ‘Hey you know what? This is just another run. You’ve done a million of these and all you have to do it get out there and land on your feet.’ That’s all that really matters.
I am stoked to be able to come out here and do what I enjoy doing in front of the cameras and people. That’s why we do what we do, I feel very lucky and blessed to be out here.
It’s always a relief to land your first run, I’m never that solid on my first run because I’m so jittery, but it’s still a relief. So the next run you can work on cleaning up your tricks and that’s exactly what I did, so I couldn’t be happier. I went big on my final hit  because I just don’t think I am going to make it around unless I go big!