Brad Wilson flips onto podium at Norwegian meet

VOSS-MYRKDALEN, Norway – Bradley Wilson of Butte landed on the podium in third place to lead the United States men in World Cup freestyle skiing dual moguls action Sunday, the U.S. Ski Team website posted.
Wilson finished behind winner Mikael Kingsbury of Canada and runner-up Alex Bilodeau, also of Canada. Bryon Wilson, also of Butte and the older brother of Brad Wilson, placed ninth.
Olympic bronze medalist Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., returned to the top of the World Cup women’s standings Sunday with her win at the Voss dual moguls World Cup. Kearney faced off with rival Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe in the final round, where she took the win and took back the yellow bib with only one dual moguls competition remaining.
All three Dufour-Lapointe sisters made it into the top four, with Justine second and Chloe beating Maxime in the small final for third.
Heather McPhie of Bozeman skied into fifth, followed by Keaton McCargo of Telluride, Colo., in sixth and Eliza Outtrim of Hamden, Conn., ninth.
Jeremy Cota of Carrabassett Valley, Maine ended the day in sixth place in the men’s results with Patrick Deneen of Cle Elum, Wash., eighth, Bryon Wilson ninth, Joe Discoe of Telluride 12th and Troy Murphy of Bethel, Maine, 15th.
Falling snow reduced visibility and speeds on Sunday, but created a soft course for the event.
Now the athletes head to La Plagne, France for one last dual moguls competition at World Cup Finals next weekend.
Then the athletes head to Deer Valley, Utah, for the 2014 USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships Mar. 28 – Mar. 30 to battle it out for the U.S. title.
“There wasn’t a lot different today than yesterday,” Kearney said. “But I tried to focus on enjoying the day and my skills. And with so many runs in duals I was able to tune something up each time, since there was something I needed to fix each run. But I was able to ski fast and keep my feet together.
“I went back to just a heli on the bottom air today since I can go into that with more speed. It was fun dueling Justine. You don’t always get to duel the person you’re battling against for the bib.”
Kearney was third during the regular moguls held Saturday at the Voss site. Brad Wilson placed 17th among the men, just missing out on the finals, to which the top 16 qualifiers advance. Bryon Wilson placed 25th for the day.
Both Wilsons are Olympians. Brad Wilson, 21, competed in the recent Sochi, Russia, Winter Games, and Bryon Wilson, 25, was a Bronze Medalist at the 2010 Winter Olympics held near Vancouver, British Columbia.
“We’ve been dealing with weather here the whole time,” Brad Wilson said after Sunday‘s runs. “It will snow, get warm and then rain, so the conditions have been really tough. I was just trying to hang on today. My final run against Alexandr Smyshlyaev, who won yesterday, got a little crazy. Somehow I was able to land some kind of backflip to my feet.”
The Saturday moguls saw Justine Dufour-Lapointe win the women’s event and Smyshlyaev take the men’s. Deneen placed third to lead U.S. men entries. Bozeman’s McPhie finished in eighth place in the women’s competition.

–compiled by Bruce Sayler

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