Mike Jankowski praises "different" family man David Wise

David Wise of the USA wins the gold medal during the Freestyle Skiing Men's Halfpipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 18, 2014
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USA coach Mike Jankowski says that having a young, married father like David Wise in the team shows that there is more than one way to reach the top of world skiing.

United States freeski and snowboard head coach Mike Jankowski has praised gold medallist David Wise for bringing something different to half-pipe skiing.

Wise won his event on Tuesday, with a first-run score of 92.00 enough to see off the rest of the competition.

The married 23-year-old has a daughter, and insists that family life is more important than being good on a pair of skis.

Seen as a sensible man of the sport, Wise has a different image to the majority of his competitors, something which Jankowski believes is a positive thing.

The coach told ESPN: "It's great for our sports to have a representative like David out there. It shows you don't have to be cookie-cutter or have this rebel image to be the best in the world.

"It takes nothing away from how great it is to also have a representative like Sage Kotsenburg, who has 50-year-old people out there saying, 'Spoice.' But when Dave gets out there, people will see a different side to our sports. They'll see there isn't just one way to the top."

Wise himself believes that he is 'counter-culture' to free skiing, although he has won the X Games in Ski SuperPipe three years in a row.

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