U.S. freestyle skier David Wise, who is preparing to compete for the first ever Olympic gold medal in his sport of half-pipe skiing in Sochi, Russia, first met his wife at summer camp.
(Article originally published on the Summer Camp Culture Blog)
According to a New York Times November 2013 profile of the three-time Winter X Games gold medalist:
“They met during one flirtatious summer at church camp. Romance was interrupted for nearly three years by distance and life, including Wise’s burgeoning ski career. They reconnected at church, a chance remeeting, then through a deep Facebook chat.
They were engaged within a year, on Alexandra’s 19th birthday, in February 2011. Wise took her to nearby Lake Tahoe for snowshoeing under a full moon and presented to her a poem he had written in glow-in-the-dark ink. He dropped to one knee and proposed. “Of course,” she said.”
Wise was due to leave for the European X Games two days later. The couple called five close friends the next morning and told them to meet at the Arch of Reno Wedding Chapel. They married, went bowling, ate dinner at Johnny Rockets and stayed at the Peppermill hotel and casino. Wise left for Europe before dawn but booked Alexandra a ticket to France, too.
“Life’s a grand adventure,” Wise said. “I’m all about trying to do the next thing somehow different. And she embraced that.”
The men’s competition takes place Feb. 18 at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
“We have a pretty cool venue where all freestyle events filter into the same spot and it’s really stadium-like,” Wise said. “It’s really well lit. It’s one of the more unique venues we’ve ever been to, but in a kind of cool Olympic way.”
When asked about being a professional athlete and a parent, he joked: “I’m trying to hold down for the rad-dad club.”
Turning serious, he said it gives him a broader perspective in life.
“Life isn’t just about winning and losing and skiing,” he said. “As much as I love those things, I’m passionate about them, but I have my awesome family who is supporting me at the end of the day.”
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