PARK CITY, Utah – The FIS-Ski website has reported a halt to the World Cup freestyle skiing season as a result of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic international spread.
The decision ends all World Cup freestyle ski events, including moguls races, for the 2019-20 season. The last regular-season event, the Idre Fjall competition in Sweden, was to have been held two weeks ago, but officials canceled it because of the earlier contagion fears about the outbreak. Recently, the decision was extended to also include wiping out the post-season events. Points leaders through the previous to the planned final determined championships through the tabulations.
Multi-time champions Mikael Kingsbury and Perrine Laffont, therefore, took the titles over what turned out to be a 10-meet slate. Brad Wilson of Butte, Montana, did not join this season’s tour until nearly midway through and still earned a 17th place in the men’s moguls, which was second among members of the Team USA men’s team.
Kingsbury, of Canada, topped the men’s standings for the ninth straight season. Laffont, of France, was the women’s division winner for the second year in a row. Crystal globes were awarded the winners.
Kingsbury’s win closes him nearer to the record 10 consecutive overall championships by Conny Kissling. Kingsbury won seven of the 10 races this season. Only Ikuma Horishima of Japan defeated him, winning the other three meets, and he wound up runner-up to Kingsbury in the standings. Third place went to Benjamin Cavet of France. The highest finishing United States skier was Dylan Walczyk in 14th place. Wilson was 17th and Jesse Andringa was the No. 3 U.S. skier, placing 27th.
Wilson is a 2011 Butte Central graduate who lettered in tennis for the Maroons and has competed in two Winter Olympics – in 2014 and 2018. His older brother, Bryon, a 2006 Butte High grad, captured the Bronze Medal in men’s moguls at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He now coaches in the Team USA junior program. He played American Legion baseball for the Butte Miners and Muckers before focusing on moguls skiing.
Both brothers are also noted artists and display their works on their websites.
Laffont was joined on the World Cup podium by Jakara Anthony of Australia, second place in the standings, and Jaelin Kauf of the United States, who placed third. Kauf had been the season runner-up the past two years.
Canada won the team championship.