SHYMBULAK, Kazakhastan – The World Cup circuit for moguls in freestyle skiing competition moved to Europe this past week with finals Sunday in dual moguls at the Almaty hill and saw Jaelin Kauf of Team USA top the women’s podium, FIS-Ski reported on its website.
Japanese star Ikuma Horishima won the men’s event with Canadian great Mikael Kingsbury finishing second. Third place went to Laurent Dumais of France, just ahead of fan favorite Dmitriy Reikherd of Kazakhastan fourth.
The top United States finishers were three in the top 20, including Butte, Montana, product Brad Wilson, who placed 19th. Kalman Heims led the United States entrants by finishing in 16th place, one spot ahead of teammate Dylan Walczyk.
Jakara Anthony of Australia was runner-up to Kauf in the women’s race while Perrine Laffont of France placed third.
The circuit now tentatively moves on to Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Fis-Ski reported, though, that World Cup officials are discussing whether to continue this year’s circuit, possibly canceling the remaining schedule due to the international spread of the coronavirus.
Wilson, a 2011 Butte Central graduate, competed in the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. His older brother, Bryan, a 2006 Butte High graduate, captured the Bronze Medal in men’s moguls at the 2010 Winter Olympics.