CALGARY — Reigning Junior Worlds champion Brad Wilson of Butte placed sixth on an Oh, Canada! Day Saturday at a World Cup freestyle skiing stop.
Wilson, 20, was looking to gain a podium (top three finish) in the men’s moguls discipline when he attempted, for the first time in competition, a double (backflip) off one of the two ramps on the course, and did not quite perfectly land the trick. The degree of difficulty of the flip would have likely placed him on the podium had it been a successful completion.
Family members said Wilson felt he needed to go all-out with the big-air attempt to raise his placing. The performance was his third top 10 finish this season.
Wilson’s older brother, Butte Olympian Bryon Wilson, had to step off the course due to injury. The 24-year-old who captured the men’s moguls Bronze Medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics near Vancouver, British Columbia, re-injured a knee on which he had reconstructive surgery two weeks ago. The latest injury occurred during the Lake Placid, N.Y., or the World Cup circuit last weekend, family members said. Wilson was hoping to resume competition this weekend, but the pain would not allow him to finish his first run.
His mother, Jeanette, said Bryon Wilson will be examined by a doctor on Monday to determine the seriousness of the injury.
Both Wilsons hold lofty stature on the circuit with Bryon now sitting fourth in the World Cup standings and Brad holding down seventh place.
Canadians swept the wins on Saturday at the 1988 Winter Games venue. Mikael Kingsbury triumphed in men’s moguls while Canada’s popular “LaPointer Sisters,” Justine and Chloe Dufour-LaPointed finished one-two, respectively, in the women’s race.
Eliza Outtrim, of Hamden, Conn., took her first World Cup podium of the season on the steep Calgary course. Outtrim, who thrives on steep, icy runs, was able to stay in control without sacrificing her high degree of difficulty jumps and placed third.
Olympic champion Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., who led in the qualification round and the semifinal round, ended the day in fifth.
The U.S. had four men and four women move into the final round utilizing the new Olympic format where the top six from the round of 16 move into a finals round.
Bozeman’s Heather McPhie, who ended the day in 26th, dropped out of the top spot in the World Cup standings after an icy course threw her off after the first air
The U.S. has two men (Pat Deneen, Bryon Wilson) in the top four and three women (McPhie, Kearney, Heidi Kloser) in the top six in the World Cup standings.
Outtrim finished last season ranked eighth in the FIS Freestyle World Cup moguls standings
The moguls team heads back to the U.S. for the second and final domestic World Cup of the season, the Visa Freestyle International, at Deer Valley, Utah, kicking off on Thursday.