ARE, Sweden — Brad Wilson of Butte achieved his fourth podium finish of the World Cup freestyle skiing men’s mogul season Saturday when he placed third in dual moguls at a circuit stop.
“The conditions were great this morning; cold in the morning so the snow was great and it’s been sunny since we got here,” Wilson said.
Wilson’s older brother, Bryon, also of Butte, placed 27th in a field of 61 entrants.
The second event of an action-packed day on the slopes of Are ski resort in Sweden – and the second moguls event of an action-packed weekend in general – went off in impressive fashion as the best mogul skiers in the world squared off in the duals event.
Alex Bilodeau of Canada made it a perfect weekend by securing a close victory in thrilling superfinal over teammate and countryman Mikael Kingsbury. With his back-to-back victories Bilodeau is still in the hunt to steal the moguls overall title from Kingsbury, but only by the barest of margins. Kingsbury currently leads by 97 points, and only with a monumental failure in the World Cup finals in Sierra Nevada, combined with a Bilodeau win, would Bilodeau be able to steal the title.
sealed his podium when local star and all-around favorite Per Spett of Sweden crashed in his hard-charging small final run. Spett, ever the showman, paused after his crash to let Wilson enjoy his win, before dropping in from the middle of the course and launching one of his giant superman front flips in salute to his boisterous fans.
“My finals run was against Per Spett, the hometown hero,” Wilson said. “I saw him crash out of the corner of my eye so I knew I just needed to make it to the bottom. I competed a back full off the top and a back X off the bottom because it’s super fast on the bottom air.
“I came out and had fun today. “That’s what I try and do every time and let my skiing do what I know it can. I had the same mindset yesterday (fifth place in moguls). I just pushed it a little too hard. I’ve got the same mindset going into World Cup finals next week (in Spain), and hopefully I’ll be on the podium again there,”
All but one of Wilson’s podium finishes this season have come in dual moguls.
Bryon Wilson, 24, was the 2010 men’s moguls Bronze Medalist at the Winter Olympics. Brad Wilson, 20, won World Cup men’s moguls Rookie of the Year honors last season.
In a women’s race that gets more intriguing with every event, Hannah Kearney of the United States was able to take the yellow leader’s bib back from Justine Dufour-Lapointe just 24 hours after relinquishing it in the single moguls competition. Kearney was the dominant skier on the day, methodically taking down her competition – including 2013 duals World Champion Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Canada – en route to scoring a fairly resounding superfinal victory over young Yulia Galysheva (KAZ).
Kearney now leads Justine Dufour-LaPointe in the overall by a score of 631-595, with Bozemanite Heather McPhie of Team USA also still in the running, sitting in third overall with 567 points.
It was an impressive weekend for Galysheva, as she scored back-to-back podium finishes — third in singles, second in duals – to up her season total to four in what has been a breakout campaign for the 20-year-old.
Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was able to best Are moguls winner McPhie tto take third place, in a small final showdown that saw the talented American fall on her second jump D-Spin.
Kearney now leads Justine Dufour-LaPointein the overall by a score of 631-595, with McPhie also still in the running, sitting in third overall with 567 points.
— Compiled from the International Skiing Association and other sources.