David Wise (Reno, NV) put it all on the line for the hometown crowd Saturday to win his fourth consecutive U.S. title in skier halfpipe at the 2009 Sprint Freestyle World Cup at Squaw Valley. Jess Cumming (Wilton, CT) took the women's win for her first U.S. title.
"I'm really excited. It definitely wasn't easy," Wise said. "It feels good to be the top skier in America for the fourth time."
According to Wise, who threw a left side 900, right side 900, 1260, alleyoop flatspin 360, switch rodeo 720 for the win, winning his fourth title all came down to his final run.
"I was in fourth place going into my second run of finals, so I knew that I really needed to send it. I did that and it worked out for me. I'm pretty excited," Wise said. "I was very excited about this event because it was a home town competition. The last time I competed here I didn't make finals so it was nice to finally be able to get some redemption from that. "
Following Wise was Walter Wood (Evergreen, CO) who put down a 360, left side 900 mute grab, rodeo cork 1080 tail grab, switch alleyoop 700 to finish in second place.
"I couldn't be happier. I was just hoping to do my best and everything worked out pretty well," Wood said. "This was my first time at Squaw Valley and I was surprised at how beautiful it is. It's great weather and there were great fans, so I had a blast."
Clayton Vila (Block Island, RI) rounded out the men's halfpipe podium in third.
For Cumming, who ran an alleyoop, 540 mute grab, straight air, 700 to win at only her second U.S. championships, winning was a great way to finish the season.
"This is really exciting. I've has a pretty good season so far. It's really exciting to have that title under my belt," Cumming said. "The people have been so great. This is actually where I learned to ski. It is pretty exciting to come back here and compete."
According to Cumming, being able to see the women in her sport progress was also something she was happy to be a part of at the event.
"You could see the level of the women's talent, which was really exciting. It's exciting to see the future of the sport at this event," Cumming said.
Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) followed Cumming to finish second on the podium and Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) was third.
The 2009 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships wrap up Sunday with men's and women's dual moguls.