Injuries don’t keep Wilson sidelined long

PARK CITY, UTAH – A week after suffering a broken rib and concussion in a fall, Butte World Cup skier Bryon Wilson returned to the slopes and competed in the men’s moguls event held Saturday night under the lights.

Nursing the sore ribs, Wilson executed his run, complete with two jumps off ramps, to place 25th in the freestyle skiing event at Deer Valley resort, the home venue for the U.S. Ski Team.

World Cup rookie Jaelin Kauf of Steamboat, Colorado, finished out the week with her first career World Cup podium, taking place third in the women;s dual moguls competition. Teammate Mikaela Matthews of Frisco, Colorado, who dueled against Kauf for the podium spot, posted her best finish of the week in fourth.

Kauf, who was the top U.S. women’s finisher in Thursday’s moguls competition, tackled the Champion mogul course six times against six different competitors, skiing clean, fast runs to land herself on the podium.

“After finishing my run in the moguls competition and qualifying for finals first, I knew it was good enough,” said Kauf. “I just had to stand up and ski my run. It was an amazing weekend. This is probably my favorite course I’ve ever skied. All my family was here too, so it was just an awesome experience.”

Canada’s Justine Dufour-LaPointe captured her second win of the week, with Yulia Galysheva of Kazakstan in second. The U.S. women’s team had strong performances overall, with Matthews, Nessa Dziemian of East Hampstead, New Hampshire, and Ali Kariotis of Tiburon, California, all advancing to the round of 16.

“Jaelin was once again very well prepared tonight,” stated coach Lance Field. “She’s young, talented and brings a very high level of athleticism and speed. She’s able to execute and she has a great future ahead of her. Mikaela had another great night tonight as well. We’ve got a strong girls team, so we’ll be looking to see some more strong performances in the next few events.”

Anthony Benna of France took home the win for the men, followed by Finland’s Jimi Salonen in second and Kazakstan’s Dmitriy Reiherd in third. Thomas Rowley of Long Beach, New York, was the top U.S. finisher in seventh, followed by Troy Murphy of Bethel, Maine, in 14th and Dylan Walczyk of Rochester, New York, in 16th.

Saturday night’s dual moguls competition was the final event of the Visa Freestyle International, which acted as the second test event for the FIS Freestyle, Snowboarding and Freeskiing World Championships, which will return to Park City in 2019.

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