Quebec race sees mogulist Wilson ski to eighth place

Quebec race sees mogulist Wilson ski to eighth place

From FIS reports

The FIS Freestyle Ski moguls World Cup competition took place at Mont Tremblant on Saturday, with Perrine Laffont of France and Mikael Kingsbury of Canada  taking big wins right in the heart of Canadian mogul skiing in Quebec.

Butte skier Brad Wilson took an eighth place in the men’s moguls competition for yet another top 10 finish this World Cup season. The 26-year-old Wilson is a two-time Olympian and reigning national champion in the specialty. He graduated in 2011 from Butte Central Catholic High School. Wilson’s older brother, Bryon, was a men’s moguls Bronze Medalist in the 2010 Winter Olympics. The 30-year-old is currently helping coach the United States juniors team at the Team USA headquarters in Park City, Utah, site of the Deer Valley ski resort.For the second consecutive year, Mont Tremblant hosted the moguls World Cup competition, carrying on a long tradition of aerials and moguls World Cup event that were staged  regularly from 1996 to 2005.And again this year, the event in Quebec delivered a top-notch show, as the 2018-19 season’s sixth event went down in style on a classic venue of the Flying Mile run.

In the women’s event it was Laffont who came back on top of the World Cup podium following three consecutive second place finishes in the previous events. The current World Cup leader was on top of her game on the day, coming in hot with the most difficult trick combination on the jumps, setting the second fastest time in the big final and flawless fly down the bumpy track at Mont Tremblant.

“It was a hard and cold day here in Quebec,” said Laffont. “The crowd was amazing though and the fans were really cheering us on so I tried to enjoy the course and do my best. I’m really happy with the win here.”

Last week’s winner, from Lake Placid, New York, Jakarta Anthony finished the competition in second, losing to Laffont by a razor-thin margin of 0.43 point. Th Aussie skier continues her remarkable run in 2018/19 campaign going for her season’s third podium, while working their way through into the big final in every competition so far.

Pleasing the local fans with a third-place finish was Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada as she finally claimed her first podium spot in 2018-19.

Coming back on top of the podium after somehow a disappointing performance in Lake Placid, was Kingsbury. The Canadian ripper and local hero dominated the men’s competition and grabbed his first victory on the venue at Mont Tremblant, located just 20 minutes away from his hometown of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.

“It’s a special feeling to stand on top and have all those people screaming your name,” said Kingsbury. “And to win in front of my family and friends just makes me really happy.”

Second place on the day went to Ikuma Horishima as the Japanese skier is gaining momentum ahead of the coming world championships in Deer Valley, Utah.

Dmitriy Reikherd of Kazakhstan rounded out the men’s podium in third, for his second top-3 finish this season.

Wilson was the highest finisher among United States men skiers. Teammate Casey Andringa was one spot back in the ninth place. Wilson ranks eighth.

The World Cup athletes will now be heading to Deer Valley for the Utah 2019 Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, with a single moguls competition scheduled to take place on Friday, February 8, while the dual moguls event will follow up on Saturday, February 9.

The moguls World Cup tour will be then back in action in the fourth week of February with back-to-back competition in Tazawako, Japan on February 23-24.

— Compiled by Bruce Sayler for buttesports.com


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