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Dozens Gather For A Viewing Party of David Wise's Gold Medal Run

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Northern Nevada is proud to say they now have an Olympic Gold Medalist.

Dozens who know David Wise came out for a viewing party at the Bully's Sports Bar on Robb Drive in northwest Reno. They cheered as Wise executed his runs on the first-ever skiing Olympic Half-pipe event. David's best friend, Zig Furman, describes what it was like to see him take the gold.

"Shock, excitement, just unbelievable," Furman said. "It's incredible to see him succeed at that level."

We had the opportunity to talk to Wise through video phone as he was relaxing after an emotionally-charged day. He talked about his support back home in Reno.

"I'm so stoked to see everybody out there in Reno support me," he said. "I'm just so grateful. The support means so much, it means the world to me."

We asked him what was going through his mind when he was on the podium to accept his award.

"Oh man, it's so crazy," Wise said. "You go from qualifier to finals, and all of a sudden, you're winning the event, and it just happened so fast! It was such a cool, amazing experience, and such a huge honor."

To get to this point, he's been working with athletic trainer, Max McManus (Maximum Results, Inc.), for the past 10 years since he was 13!

"I'm super proud of the fact that I could play a role and contribute in some way to that gold medal," McManus said. "But, you got to have a special kind of kid to be able to get to the top of the podium like that."

David's mother-in-law, Jonna Read, told us she had a feeling he'd take first in the half-pipe based on the conditions he was skiing in during that time.

"I had this premonition this morning when it was snowing that he won the Dew Tour in the snow," she said. "So, I knew he could do it again, and he did!"

Furman says the success David's had has never went to his head. He's always been humble.

"Dave is a guy that you would never meet and would never know was a professional skier," he said.

By the way, we got access to the Wooster High School yearbook from the 2007-2008 year. It shows David Wise as "Most Likely To Go To The Olympics."







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