PARK CITY, Utah — Brad Wilson of Butte found the night time to be the right time as he achieved his first career podium finish on the World Cup freestyle skiing circuit Saturday under the lights at Deer Valley result.
The reigning World Juniors champion and 2011-12 World Cup men’s freestyle moguls rookie of the year placed third in men’s dual moguls competition Saturday night.
“I got my first World Cup podium tonight,“ Wilson posted on Facebook. “I’m so pumped to do it here on my home mountain, Deer Valley Resort, in front of the best crowd.
“The Butte hometown fans who made it down were still the loudest. Represent!“
Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Conn., made it back-to-back women’s wins at Deer Valley Resort taking dual moguls at the Visa Freestyle International.
Patrick Deneen of Cle Elum, Wash., battled Canadian Alex Bilodeau down to the wire, taking second in the men‘s run. Wilson, 20, managed to outski yellow bib holder, Mikael Kingsbury, ending the Canadian’s 19-World Cup win streak in podiums.
Kearney won her third FIS Freestyle World Cup win of the season to sweep the weekend in the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort.
The win vaulted Kearney past teammate Heather McPhie of Bozeman into second in the World Cup standings despite missing the first two events of the season after a training injury.
The Deer Valley course showcased extreme speeds in the head to head action.
The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team will now head to Steamboat Springs for a weeklong camp in preparation for the Olympic test event in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 15.
The Visa Freestyle International will air on NBC Saturday, Feb. 9 at noon MST. Coverage of dual moguls is set for Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.
Wilson trains in the Park City=Deer Valley United States Olympic Team venues as a member of USA. His older brother, Bryon, 24, the 2010 Winter Games Bronze Medalist in men’s moguls, sat out Saturday’s meet due to a concussion he suffered while training earlier in the week. He had just qualified in fourth place for the moguls finals when the accident occurred.
Family members said Saturday evening that Bryon Wilson’s tests came back “clear,” He is expected to return to action soon.
The younger brother was enthused about his showing.
“Honestly, I can’t even explain this feeling right now,” Brad Wilson said. “It’s a dream come true to podium here at Deer Valley, my home mountain. I came in here needing to get a podium to qualify for World Championships later this year. It’s just one of those things that I just can’t really explain. You’re in the zone and I honestly can’t really remember much. It’s just a dream come true.
“Nothing can push you more than the guy skiing next to you. The best results of my career have been in duals so far. Just having that guy next to you to push you to that limit is key to go as fast as you can — it pushes you just to the edge. If he’s hanging on, you can hang on, too.”
Wilson was paired with tour leader Kingsbury.
“Two people go in it and one person comes out victorious,” Wilson said. “”Mikael is one of the best skiers I’ve ever seen. Going into that dual, I just had nothing to lose and a bunch to gain. Luckily for me, I was able to hang on and come out with a victory.”