Wise wins, Canada's Riddle 4th in halfpipe at freestyle skiing worlds
American wins 1st halfpipe title
David Wise of the United States won his first halfpipe title at the world freestyle skiing championships while Virginie Faivre of Switzerland regained hers in Oslo Winter Park on Tuesday in Oslo, Norway.
It was the third time lucky for Wise, who was fourth in the two previous worlds in 2009 and 2011.
Wise, a four-time U.S. champion, had a 96.2-point haul from his first run with scoring jumps of 97, 94, 96, 96 and 98 points.
World Cup leader, 17-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace, was second with a first run of 95.6, and Thomas Krief of France third on 93.6.
Defending world champion Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, Alta. finished fourth at 89.2.
Faivre reclaimed the title she won in 2009 when she came back from third after the first run. She passed first-run leader Anais Caradeux of France and Ayana Onozuka of Japan with her total of 83.8 in the second run. Caradeux beat qualifying leader Onozuka by a mere 0.2 points for the silver, 80.6 against 80.4.
Edmonton's Keltie Hansen was seventh and Calgary's Rosalind Groenewoud 10th.