Freestyle Skiing - Wise wins gold in Oslo

David Wise finally claimed Freestyle World Ski Championship gold at the third attempt in the halfpipe as Virginie Faivre won back her title in Oslo.

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Freestyle Skiing - Wise wins gold in Oslo
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Gold medallist David Wise of the US celebrates after winning the men's halfpipe event at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Oslo (AFP)

Wise, who finished fourth in 2011 and 2009, did enough with his first run to top the podium at long last, his effort of 96.2 proving unbeatable in Norway.

Torin Yater-Wallace came close with an effort of 95.6, also on his first run, but his second outing was worth just 31.6 as he settled for silver.

Wise could only manage 86.8 on his second outing however no one bettered his first run score as he took the first of two gold medals on offer in Oslo.

It continues and fine season for the 22-year-old who successfully defended the superpipe title he won for the first time at Winter X Games last year in January.

And it also completed an American one-two in the men's halfpipe with Thomas Krief also breaking into the 90s and ending with a best of 94.2 for bronze.

Krief was the only skier to score 90-plus on both his runs, producing an effort of 93.6 first time out however he couldn't improve on it enough on run two.

Britain's two representatives Murray Buchan and Peter Speight didn't make it beyond qualifying with the former placing 18th overall and the latter 23rd.

Meanwhile Faivre won the other gold medal on offer as she came from behind to retain the women's halfpipe title she won for the first time in Inawashiro in 2009.

She placed third behind Anais Caradeux and Ayana Onozuka after the first run with an effort of 79.4 to their 80.6 and 80.4 respectively.

Faivre responded by posting 83.8 second time out with Caradeux nor Onozuka managing to better their own first-run efforts let alone the Swiss skiers second.

Caradeux posted 76.8 but her first effort saw her claim silver while Onozuka scored 78.8 but likewise her opening run was better as she took bronze.

Again Britain didn't have anyone in the final but Emma Lonsdale was the highest of those that competed after ranking 15th while teammate Rowan Cheshire was 17th.

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