Wise first, Aspen’s Torin Yater-Wallace fifth in ski halfpipe at Copper Grand Prix
COPPER MOUNTAIN — David Wise took a major step in his bid to capture back-to-back Olympic gold medals Friday, winning a World Cup ski halfpipe competition that counts as an Olympic qualifier.
Wise won with a score of 92.40 and was followed by three Canadians — Noah Bowman, Simon D’Artois and Mike Riddle. Torin Yater-Wallace, who had a victory in a qualifier held last year, was the next-best American finisher. He came in fifth.
Olympic silver medalist Marie Martinod of France won the women’s competition, and was followed by American Devin Logan, who won Olympic silver in slopestyle four years ago but did not qualify on the halfpipe.
The U.S. freeski and snowboard teams will be chosen based on athletes’ two best results over five qualifiers, ending next month.
Snowboard halfpipe finals, featuring Shaun White, are Saturday at Copper Mountain and Big Air finals are Sunday.
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Herman is the freestyle skiing winner of the Summit Daily’s Peak Performers project, which honors the greatest athletes and most influential figures in Summit county ski and snowboard history.