Add to that the fact that David and Alexandra lead a thriving youth group at their local church, and spend their time off the slopes helping troubled youth, and you’ll find an extreme athlete you can believe in.
In fact, 10% of the money that David earned by bringing home an Olympic gold medal will be sent to We Say Water, a nonprofit started by the Wises, that provides clean drinking water in Malawi (get more information/donate here). Just another way this extreme athlete is breaking the mold in positive ways.
It wasn’t until we really started talking and dating that I understood he was a skier, like for real, and what he was capable of.” As far as how hard it is to not worry that her husband could have life changing injuries at any point, she’s learned to relax through the years. He is constantly taking risks and conquering fears, but I never doubt his control or self-confidence.
In extreme sports it’s tradition to spend 10% of your winnings at the bar the next night, buying drinks for friends. So once I found out how Alexandra happened to get herself tied to an extreme sports guy for a lifetime, I asked her the obvious wife questions.
What’s it like to live with a spouse whose job it is to take risks—huge risks?
She patiently answered a whole list of questions I’d been forming in my brain, as I wondered about the behind-the-scenes stories of extreme athletes. Her husband is David Wise, a professional skier who is pretty darn good at his job. David Wise is not the norm in extreme snow sports, especially when it comes to male athletes.
Right after my family and I got to see David pick up another Ski Halfpipe gold medal at the ESPN Winter X Games, Alexandra and David boarded a plane to Russia, and within two weeks, David had an Olympic gold medal to add to his collection. Most of the field is rounded out by single, young guys, who push the limits, on the snow and off.