Quarantine Q&A with Olympic Gold Medallist David Wise

This interview was executed by our good friends over at Bolle eyewear, and we couldn’t be more stoked they shared it with us. David Wise is a quiet, but powerful skier who has changed pipe skiing since his arrival on the scene, earning two gold medals at the Olympic games, four X-Games gold medals, and plenty of respect in the pipe skiing world. So, when he talks, we’re more than happy to listen—enjoy some wise words David Wise himself. —ML

How has COVID-19 affected your everyday life and training schedule?

COVID-19 has more than affected my training schedule, it has derailed it completely. Like many people my normal everyday grind and routine have been put on hold. There are no halfpipes to train in, no gyms to lift at, and no open trampoline facilities for practice. I am learning to embrace what has to be my new normal and do the best I can to stay on my game during this crisis.

Normal for David Wise is not normal for most of us. Photo :: Courtesy of Bolle

How are you staying on track with your training during these times?

I am still doing my best to stay fit and get stronger during this time. It has really challenged my creativity. There are a lot of exercises that you can do at home and I have been dabbling in yoga with my wife. Maybe next season will be the most flexible I have ever been. I am fortunate that I live in a remote location where I don’t have to interact with people to go out and exercise so I’ve been doing a lot of running and biking, and lots of yard work around the house and gardening.

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Take this opportunity to focus on your weaknesses. Embrace the fact that your routine is naturally going to be thrown off right now and do not try to set any personal bests.

Do you have any tips on how to stay on track with training?

Take this opportunity to focus on your weaknesses. Embrace the fact that your routine is naturally going to be thrown off right now and do not try to set any personal bests. Instead try to focus on things that usually get overlooked. I personally have weak hip flexes and tend to overcompensate with quad strength. This COVID-19 season I am telling myself that I am going to walk away with strong hip flexes and flexibility.

Embrace the new normal—maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about yourself.

Any final words for us?

We are all unquestionably facing a difficult time right now. Try to spend time remembering the things that you DO have to be thankful for and don’t dwell on what you don’t have right now. Resilience is a skill that can be learned. When you face down hard times with a smile, you are unstoppable.

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