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."
- Kurt Kragthorpe