Bryon Wilson shines at Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.– Butte skier Bryon Wilson placed fourth Thursday in the resumption of the 2012-13 World Cup skiing, men’s moguls tour.

Wilson, 24, was coming off a win last month in Austria, then backed it Thursday with another outstanding showing. Mikael Kingsbury of Canada won the event with a score of 27.05 for 1,0000 points. Patrick Deneen of Team USA and Cle Elum, Wash., tallied a 25.71 and 800 points while another American, Dylan Walczyk, was third with a score of 23.57 for 600 points. He is from Vail, Colo., and competing as a World Cup athlete for just the second time.

Wilson rounded out a three-spot sweep for the Americans with his fourth-place finish, just off the podium at 25.30 for 500 points.

Wilson’s younger brother, Brad, 18, also of Butte, scored a 21.04 routine, good for 40 points and 28th place.

Bryon Wilson rejoined the tour this year after missing last season recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL. He was the Bronze Medalist in men’s moguls at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Bryon Wilson graduated from Butte High in 2006 and Brad Wilson graduated from Butte Central in 2011.  Both are Team USA members.

American Hannah Kearney, of Norwich, Vt, got the win Thursday in the women’s race. It was her first event back after a training injury in early October.

Kingsbury kept ownership of the yellow bib with another win. The moguls team will take a quick break before athletes meet up for the Visa Freestyle International at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort Jan. 31 – Feb 2.

Walczyk got the call from his coaches less than a week ago that he would be competing in Lake Placid after a team member decided to sit out.

Kearney was injured early October in a training crash in Zermatt and was only recently cleared to compete. USA’s Heather McPhie, of Bozeman, still holds the World Cup lead and yellow bib after failing to qualify for finals.

The U.S. had five men and two women in the top 10.

Mikaela Matthews of Vail was a career best fifth. Nicholas Keating of Killington, Vt.,  made finals and was ninth in his first career World Cup start.