CALGARY – The second weekend was even better for Brad Wilson’s fortunes on the World Cup tour than his season debut the previous Saturday.
The 2011 Butte Central graduate placed 11th in the freestyle skiing men’s moguls at Calgary, up six places from last weekend in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.
Usual winner Mikael Kingsbury of Canada won again in Calgary while Walter Wallberg of Sweden was second and Dmitry Reikherd of Kazakhstan third. Fifty-one competitors were in the field. Wilson, a member of the Team USA in the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics, was the highest-finishing USA skier with his 11th-place final slot. Dylan Walczyk was 16th for next best on Team USA.
Wilson joined the World Cup circuit this season after Christmas Break.
France’s Perrine Laffiont continued unbeaten in the women’s moguls this season. It was her fifth straight win. Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan placed second and Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada was third. Tess Johnson placed eighth as the USA’s top finisher. The women’s race drew 34 contestants.
The “rock-and-roll” stop on the circuit will be held this week as the tour moves to Deer Valley Resort at Park City, Utah. It is the home course for Team USA and features loud music, large and raucous crowds and is held under the lights at night. It will be a double competition with single moguls on Thursday and dual moguls on Saturday.
Wilson’s older brother, Bryon, a 2006 Butte High grad, was the 2010 Winter Olympics Bronze Medalist in men’s moguls and now coaches in the Team USA junior ski program.