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David Wise gives US third gold in halfpipe; Alex Ferreira takes silver

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Melinda Barton | 23 February, 2018, 07:05

Gold medalist U.S. David Wise celebrates on the podium with his son Malachi during the victory ceremony for the men's ski halfpipe event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Phoenix Park on February 22, 2018.

American skier David Wise threw down a dominant run when he needed it, defending his Olympic gold medal as the Americans went 1-2 in the final. Sunshine blazed on the Phoenix Park halfpipe and the 11-man field tried to take advantage.

Ferreira's third-run score of 96.40 was not enough to oust Wise, but ultimately helped him secure silver, while New Zealand's Nico Porteous posted 94.80 in his second run to take bronze in Pyeongchang.

Ferreira, who scored more than 90 points in all three runs, led going into the final round but Wise, who had failed to go clean on his first two attempts, delivered four double corks to match the gold he won when the event made its debut in Sochi.

Wise's first two of three runs were spoiled by issues with the bindings on his skis, and shortly before his final run NBC cameras cut to someone using a screwdriver on Wise's skis. Those competitors have accounted for 10 of the country's 19 medals, many of them at the snow park located an hour away from the Gangneung Olympic Plaza. He dropped his jaw and put his hands on his head when he first saw the result.

"I had nothing left", Porteous said.

The ski stayed through all of Wise's flips and spins, making him a two-time victor in an Olympic sport introduced at Sochi four years ago.

Porteous didn't bother trying on the third run, cruising through the halfpipe without a trick and waiting at the bottom for the other competitors. "That was me. That was all I had left in the bag".

Aaron Blunck, 21, of Crested Butte, Colorado, finished seventh, while Torin Yater-Wallace, 22, of Basalt, Colorado, was ninth.

After going 26 years without a Winter Olympics medal, New Zealand picked up two on Thursday, with snowboard big air athlete Zoi Sadowski Synnott also winning bronze earlier in the day.

It was a big day for Team USA in Pyeongchang.