American skier David Wise cuts through rain, snow to take Olympic gold on halfpipe in Sochi

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Gold medalist David Wise of the United States, center, celebrates with silver medalist Mike Riddle of Canada, left, and bronze medalist Kevin Rolland of France, after the men's ski halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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He brought America's medal total at the Sochi Games to 20 overall, with six golds. Eleven of the medals and five of those golds have come from the action sports, where Wise considers himself a role model.

"I just want people to be excited about freeskiing," he said.

Soon, he'll collect that gold medal and bring it home to Reno, where Nayeli stayed back with her grandma and watched her dad on TV.

The new champion understands, of course, that the medal belongs to a great, big family.

"You represent everyone who believed in you along the way — teachers, trainers, coaches, sponsors," he said. "Everyone who thought you had a chance of being great at something is in that halfpipe with you."

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