Updated: February 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm
Then he looked at the course, which had been left ragged and full of peril after a day of rain, sleet and snow.
France’s Kevin Rolland finished with a bronze, and he seemed exhausted afterwards.
“The condition tonight was really tough, so it was not easy for me,” Rolland said.
He paused and sighed.
“Yes, it was really tough,” he said. “For sure, it was my goal to win, but I find someone who is better than me.”
At that moment, Wise was walking into the press conference. He smiled at Rolland.
Wise was proud to reign as the first-ever Olympic halfpipe champ, but made sure to spread credit. He listened to the cheers of a big group of supporters from America, including many members of his family.
"The Olympics is the culmination of your whole life,” he said. “You don’t just go out there just representing yourself. You go out representing everybody who helped you along the way.”
He scored 92 on his first run when the conditions remained relatively favorable. As the competitors began their second runs, visibility had dropped, and it was difficult for spectators to see the action in the swirling snow.
Wise fell on his second run, which was the norm on this night.
Basalt’s Torin Yater-Wallace failed to make the finals.