David Wise is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and father of two. He grew up in Reno, Nevada and started skiing with his family at an early age. He participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where he became the first gold medalist in the Men’s Freeski Halfpipe. Later, at the Olympics in PyeongChang, he won his second gold medal on his third and final run.
Finding Balance Through Recovery
David Wise has been skiing for his entire life. Since he was a child, he has been hitting the slopes with his family, and now he craves that adventure in every aspect of his life. Spending years honing his skills and passion in the snowy mountains, his hard work paid off and he made it to two Olympics, winning gold medals for freestyle skiing at both. He has also won four gold medals at the X Games. Everything seemed to be going perfectly for David: his career was at an all-time high, he was at the peak physical shape of his life, and he was married to the love of his life, with two beautiful children in tow.
“Being an athlete is all about finding your limits.”
And then he went to Austria and experienced a potentially career-ending injury during his run.
Thankfully, his family was there. “They hung out with me the whole time I was in the hospital and
visited me every day. And that made that whole gnarly process so much more manageable. It was
amazing.” After breaking his femur and having to spend months recovery, David began to feel like he
needed to readjust his balance of life.
“I think the hardest part about this current injury has been the incremental progress. That's how I feel like I've been with my recovery, I've been getting stronger and stronger and stronger, but you don't notice it because you're living it moment by moment. So if I remembered to take a snapshot of where I'm at two weeks ago and then a snapshot of where I'm at today, then I'm like, ‘Oh wow, I've made a lot of progress.’”
This process of recovery has been a major learning experience for David. He explains, “you have to wait for your body to heal and do its job, but at the same time there's a lot that you can do to speed that process up. There's a lot of things that you can do nutritionally to really help your body do its job.” Between training in the gym and taking time off to rest with his family, he found Drink Nutrient. He finally found the high quality hydration drink that his body needed to help him recover. But he isn’t done yet.
“People ask me all the time what do I still have to accomplish. They say, ‘you've won the Olympics, you've won the X Games, and this sport is really dangerous. Obviously, you just shattered your femur. Why are you going back?’ And for me the answer is I can't not go back. It's like part of my DNA, it's part of who I am. And as long as I can do it, I'm going to do it.”
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