MONT TREMBLANT, Quebec – Brad Wilson of Butte, Montana, made his season debut on the World Cup moguls hill over the weekend.
Wilson, 27, sat out the three-event 2019 part of this winter season concentrating on mental preparations for a return to the ski slopes, representing Team USA on the World Cup tour. He bounced, flew and sped to a 17th-place finish. It was the second-highest placing by a Team USA skier in the competition.
Legendary Mikael Kingsbury, still competing for Canada, won the stop while second place went to Ikuma Horishima of Japan and third to Benjamin Cavet of France. Jesse Andringa of the United States placed 16th, one spot ahead of Wilson, a 2010 Butte Central graduate and two-time Winter Olympian.
Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont made it four wins in a row on the circuit this year as she captured the gold in the women’s race. Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan, was the runner-up while 2019 World Cup women’s moguls rookie-of-the-year Anastasia Smirnova of Russia placed third. It was the 17-year-old’s first podium finish.
The contestants will compete in Calgary next weekend.