ALPE D’HUEZ, France – Dual moguls over the weekend proved to be the best race so far this World Cup freestyle ski season for Brad Wilson of Butte.
Wilson placed sixth, his second straight top 10 finish in duals on the circuit. The 2011 Butte Central Catholic High School grad is eyeing a spot on his third Winter Olympics contingent for Team USA. The 2022 Winter Games are to be held in February at Beijing, China.
The dual race was won by Canadian legend Mikael Kingsbury, who also won the regular moguls contest on Friday, the day before. Kingsbury was followed in duals by Walter Wallberg of Sweden, runner-up, and Ikuma Horishima, Japan, third place, on the podium. Team USA member Cole McDonald was fourth, Pavel Kolmakov of Kazakhstan, fifth and then Wilson posting his highest finish thus far of the young season, sixth. The men’s moguls drew an entry field of 63 skiers.
Wilson’s older brother, Bryon, a Butte High graduate and the 2010 Winter Olympics Bronze Medalist in men’s moguls, is coaching the Team USA moguls squad.
In the women’s duals, Jakara Anthony of Australia and also swept the top spot on the podium with a win in regular moguls. Anastasiia Smirnova of Russia was second in duals while Kai Owens of the United States placed third. Team USA mogulists Jaelin Kauf, Tess Johnson and Hannah Soar placed fourth, fifth and 10th, respectively. A field of 45 skiers entered.
The regular moguls event in men’s competition saw Horishima place second to Kingsbury with Kolmakov placing third. Wilson was 15th in the 64-man entry field. Fellow Team USA skiers Nick Page and McDonald were fifth and eighth, respectively. Daichi Hara of Japan was the fourth-placer.
Anri Kawamura of Japan was second to Anthony in the women’s moguls while Johnson placed third. Owens was seventh and Soar placed eighth in the 46-woman field of entries.
The weekend results showed season World Cup standings being led by Horishima in the men’s division and Anthony in the women’s. Kingsbury was second to Horishima while Kolmakov stood third with Americans McDonald, Page and Wilson holding down spots 13, 15 and 16, respectively.
Kawamura second to Anthony in the women’s standings with Perrine Laffont of France third, Johnson fourth, American Olivia Giaccio fifth, Owens sixth and Soar seventh.
The circuit action will now break for the holidays with competition to resume January 7-8 at a meet in Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.
— Compiled from FIS-SKI reports by Bruce Sayler for buttesports.com