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Wise goes for it, and comes out with another Olympic gold

They give their bodies for this sport. Sometimes little pieces of their hearts and souls, too.

Maybe that's why David Wise decided there was nothing left to lose Thursday when he stood atop a halfpipe that had sent one-third of the 12 skiers limping off with injuries, facing an all-or-nothing run after his ski bindings had failed him in his two previous trips down.

"We cranked my bindings up as high as they would go," Wise said. "We're like, 'You know what, my leg's coming off before the ski does.'"

The skis stayed on.

Wise put down the most difficult, technically precise run ever seen in the sport of halfpipe skiing. He scored a 97.2 to...