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Kurt Kragthorpe and Michael C. Lewis
Kurt Kragthorpe and Michael C. Lewis report from Sochi, Russia. For more Olympics coverage, go to our Olympics page.
 
Updated on Mar 21, 2014 10:58AM

The afterglow of the Olympics has a shelf life, and that’s fine with David Wise.

The gold medalist in the inaugural ski halfpipe event in the Soc...

Olympics: David Wise gladThe afterglow of the Olympics has a shelf life, and that's fine with David Wise. The gold medalist in the inaugural ski halfpipe event in the Sochi Games, Wise is nearing the end of a post-Olympics tour he described as "pure chaos." Visiting the Salt Lake City office/ski manufacturing site of 4FRNT, the company's part-owner reflected Thursday about the last month. He appeared on the "Ellen" show, took his wife and child to Disneyland and was treated to "David Wise Day," declared throughout and particularly observed in his hometown of Reno. "All these crazy things that I never expected to happen in my entire life have happened all in a space of, like, three weeks," he said. The potential exists for a letdown when the attention ends, but Wise welcomes the return to normality. "People only care about the Olympics for a certain period of time. And that goes away," he said. "Eventually, people move on with their lives. So if that was defining who I was, and I really cared about the celebrity aspect, then I would be super-disappointed probably a month from now, when nobody wants to shake my hand anymore and everybody's already seen the medal and they're bored of it."Wise continued, "But for me, I'm relieved a little bit when all the stuff winds down. ... I feel an obligation to share my experience and get people excited about skiing, that's my job as a gold medalist. ... It's still a relief for me to go home and just be me again."Wise was among five U.S. gold medalists in events that were new to the Olympic program in 2014. The others included Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson in snowboard slopestyle, Joss Christensen in ski slopestyle and Maddie Bowman in ski halfpipe. "I feel like all the good guys won," Wise said. "If you look at that group, there's not one personality type that won. Sage and I, if you compared us side-by-side, are about as different as two people could be. But we're friends, we're homies. ... That's kind of what the American action sports athletes have shown: There's no one way to the top. You don't have to have a certain type of personality in order to be successful at this. It's an art, and you can go out and do it how ever you want." post-Games chaos is ending
Updated on Mar 21, 2014 10:31AM
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Updated on Mar 9, 2014 01:16PM
The crazy, jumbled Pac-12 men's basketball regular season fit that description right to the end, with the best example being how Arizona State lost at Oregon State in overtime, but emerged from a five...

Updated on Feb 24, 2014 03:16PM
With contributions from three former students, including two athletes representing other countries, Salt Lake City's Westminster College ended up with eight medals in the 2014 Olympics - including fou...

Updated on Feb 23, 2014 01:46AM
The 2014 Olympics served as my fourth Winter Games assignment, and has been by far the most convenient and enjoyable experience.
The disclaimer is that I missed the 2002 Games due to other newsro...

Updated on Feb 23, 2014 01:41AM
The U.S. Olympic Committee would look into the bidding process for the 2026 Winter Games only after deciding about a 2024 Summer Games bid, CEO Scott Blackmun said.
"We are evaluating now whether ...

Updated on Feb 22, 2014 02:29AM
Even before knowing that U.S. skiing star Lindsey Vonn would miss the Olympics with a knee injury, 1998 gold medalist Picabo Street pointed to Mikaela Shiffrin as "the most intriguing thing" about the...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • Even with all that has happened, speedskater Heather Richardson of West Jordan said she’s “kind of sad” that the Sochi Olympics are just about finished ...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:47PM

Sochi, Russia • You might have seen the video posted online by Kate Hansen, the American luger who attends Brigham Young University, that purports to show a wolf roamin...

Updated on Feb 21, 2014 08:45AM
Mikaela Shiffrin is in excellent position to win the second U.S. gold medal in Alpine skiing and the eighth gold overall for the Park City-based U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association in the Games.
Sh...

Updated on Feb 21, 2014 04:03AM
The schools are not rivals in any sense, and they share ties to a gold medalist. Just the same, it has been fun to track the success of The Winter Sports School in Park City and Westminster College of...

Updated on Feb 20, 2014 12:08PM
Sochi 2014's transportation system has been outstanding, efficiently getting me everywhere I need to go - and in one episode, somewhere I didn't need to go.
I gave myself a break on Day 15 of the ...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

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Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • Things might be a little more challenging around Steven Holcomb’s house now that he has two Olympic medals.

Until th...

Updated on Feb 20, 2014 06:32AM

Figure skating fans who attended a September event at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex can say they watched the skater who stands fourth in the Olympic ladies event, entering today's long program....

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • You can tell we’re getting close to the end of the Sochi Olympics because there are fewer and fewer locals competing with just four days to go.

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • Speedskater Maria Lamb of Park City finished last in the 5,000 meters Wednesday, then blasted U.S. Speedskating for a dysfunctional culture that has hur...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • Bobsledder Chuck Berkeley took to Twitter to join the critics blasting former track star Lolo Jones, who was chosen ahead of Katie Eberling as a push at...

Updated on Feb 19, 2014 10:05AM
Having joked about Russian president Vladimir Putin immediately canceling the rest of the Games after the hockey team's quarterfinal loss to Finland, I'm quite disappointed myself.
As I've said, t...

Updated on Feb 19, 2014 07:29AM

The circumstances were completely different in 2006, when Park City's Ted Ligety won his first Olympic gold medal, and so was the celebration.
In Italy, Ligety stood third after the first of t...

Updated on Feb 19, 2014 04:54AM
With his victory in Wednesday's giant slalom, Ted Ligety became the first Utah native to earn two goal medals in the Olympic Winter Games.
The win came eight years after his triumph in the combine...

Updated on Feb 19, 2014 03:02AM
David Wise's gold medal in the halfpipe ski competition was a major breakthrough for Salt Lake City-based company.
Wise, who's from Reno, Nev., is part-owner of 4FRNT Skis. His victory delighted e...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • Ski racer Ted Ligety takes his last best chance at bringing a medal home to Utah from the Sochi Olympics when he races the giant slalom, his best event,...

Updated on Feb 18, 2014 06:14AM
Alex Deibold went from behind the scenes of the Olympics to the medals podium in four years.
Deibold, who's from Vermont and is listed among Westminster College's 23 students on the U.S. team, ear...

Updated on Feb 18, 2014 02:35AM
With his bronze medal in the two-man bobsled event Monday, Park City's Steven Holcomb became the second Utah-born athlete to have won two or more Olympic medals.
He's the first Winter Games athle...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • The Americans fared pretty well in the new ski slopestyle event at the Sochi Olympics, with Park City’s Joss Christensen leading a podium sweep on the m...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • Bill Demong and his fellow Park City competitors did not fare well in the normal-hill Nordic combined event at the Sochi Olympics.

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Updated on Feb 17, 2014 12:57PM
Winston Watts, the Jamaican bobsledder who lives in Evanston, Wyo., said after the first two runs of the two-man competition that "first or last, we're happy to be here."
How about 29th?
The ...

Updated on Feb 17, 2014 12:35PM
The Salt Lake City-based 4FRNT company has built-in interest in the first Olympic men's ski halfpipe event.
U.S. skier David Wise, who trains in Utah, is a part-owner of the company and will comp...

Updated on Feb 17, 2014 06:39AM
Watching the USA-Sweden women's hockey game, I'm having flashbacks to the teams' semifinal meeting in 2006 in Turin. The heavily favored Americans lost 3-2 in a shootout, marking the only time in Olym...

Updated on Feb 17, 2014 03:35AM
As Park City's Steven Holcomb targets the first U.S. medal in 62 years in the Olympic two-man bobsled event tonight, I'm remembering how it all started for him 16 years ago.
Open tryouts in any s...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • It’s all about Steven Holcomb on Monday at the Sochi Olympics.

The bobsled driver from Park City takes his final two...

Updated on Feb 16, 2014 01:47PM
Salt Lake City resident Kaitlyn Farrington departed Russia on Sunday, headed to New York to engage in a media tour similar to what Park City's Sage Kotsenburg experienced last week.
Farrington is ...

Updated on Feb 16, 2014 06:58AM
It took me more than a week to recognize this, but I've finally realized what's missing from my experience in Russia: Russians.
Other than the volunteers, bus drivers and ubiquitous - thankfully ...

Updated on Feb 16, 2014 05:27AM
Torah Bright, the Australian snowboarding star who lives in Salt Lake City, completed an Olympic odyssey that covered three events over 11 days when she made the quarterfinals of the snowboardcross ev...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • Halfway through the Sochi Olympics, ski racer Ted Ligety takes another run at the podium Sunday while bobsled driver Steven Holcomb begins his quest for...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • Count four-time Olympian and former world-record holder Nancy Swider-Peltz among those who think U.S. Speedskating botched its build-up to the Sochi Oly...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • Bobsled driver Steven Holcomb starts his competition at the Sochi Olympics with the first two runs of the two-man race Sunday, and he’s not sounding ove...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:47PM

Sochi, Russia • Count four-time Olympian and former world-record holder Nancy Swider-Peltz among those who think U.S. Speedskating botched its build-up to the Sochi Oly...

Updated on Feb 15, 2014 11:11AM
T.J. Oshie and Jonathan Quick, who enabled the U.S. men's hockey team to emerge from a dramatic shootout with a 3-2 victory over Russia in a preliminary game Saturday, have ties to some prominent Utah...

Updated on Feb 15, 2014 04:48AM
Skeleton silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace of Eagle Mountain enjoyed her celebration Friday night, complete with a chocolate, cream-filled cake. But while expressing more joy during a U.S. Olympic Com...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • Few people can appreciate like Zach Lund how much Noelle Pikus-Pace endured to finally win her silver medal in skeleton at the Sochi Olympics on Friday ...

Updated on Feb 14, 2014 02:28PM
One of the most anticipated events of the 2014 Olympics will conclude the first full week of the Games.
Russia and the USA will meet Saturday at 5:30 a.m. MST in what's naturally billed as a rema...

Updated on Feb 14, 2014 12:08PM
Sage Kotsenburg is scheduled to arrive home in Park City today, having completed a New York media tour on his way back from Sochi, Russia.
After winning the first gold medal awarded in the 2014 O...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 04:50PM

Sochi, Russia • Everybody is wondering what is wrong with U.S. Speedskating, with its heralded athletes having been shut out halfway through the competition at the Soch...

Updated on Feb 14, 2014 03:13PM
Sage Kotsenburg is scheduled to arrive home in Park City today, having completed a New York media tour on his way back from Sochi, Russia.
After winning the first gold medal awarded in the 2014 O...

Updated on Feb 14, 2014 03:12PM
Sage Kotsenburg is scheduled to arrive home in Park City today, having completed a New York media tour on his way back from Sochi, Russia.
After winning the first gold medal awarded in the 2014 O...

Updated on Feb 14, 2014 03:06AM
With his victory in the slopestyle skiing event Thursday, Park City native Joss Christensen became only the seventh Olympic gold medalist who was born in Utah.
Sage Kotsenburg, the snowboard slop...

 
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