Butte international freestyle skier Brad Wilson ended his 12-year career last month ranked among the World Cup tour Top 10 men mogulists, the FIS-Ski site has confirmed.
Wilson, 29, competed in three Winter Olympics for Team USA, the last being in February at Beijing, China. Wilson also represented the country at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia, and PyeongChang, South Korea, respectively. The hard-skiing Wilson did not medal during the Games with falls costing him in two attempts.
The World Cup ski season ended last weekend. One other event was held also since the Beijing Games.
Wilson’s final rankings were ninth in moguls and 23rd in dual moguls. He was seconds among Team USA men in moguls as Cole McDonald wound up eighth. Two Team USA skiers placed ahead of him in duals – McDonald being eighth and Nick Page finishing in 17h place.
Wilson announced his retirement from the sport midway through the recently completed World Cup season with the retirement effective at the end of the season.
The season ended with the World Championships held at Megeve, France. Wilson placed 12th in moguls, which were won by Mikael Kingsbury of Canada with Ikuma Horishima of Japan second and Ludvvig Fjallstrom of Sweden third. The women on the podium were Perrine Laffont of France, first; Jakara Anthony of Australia, second, and Jaelin Kauf of the United States, third.
The men’s dual moguls copied the regular moguls on the podium and saw Kingsbury again win the overall championship for the season with Horishima the runner-up and Walter Wallberg of Sweden third.
Anthony was the overall women’s winner with Laffont second and the United States’ Kai Owens third.
The United States won the Nations Cup as the team champion. Bryon Wilson, Brad’s older brother and also from Butte, was the 2010 Winter Olympics Bronze Medalist in men’s moguls.
A World Cup event was also held on March 12 in Valmalenco, Italy. Kingsbury was the men’s winner with Horishima second and Wallberg third. Brad Wilson came in 12th. Anthony won the women’s race while Laffont placed second and Kauf third.
Brad Wilson retired as a three-time World Cup event winner and had 16 podium finishes, including three victories, in 12 years on the World Cup tour. He was the 2012 World Cup moguls men’s Rookie of the Year and won five United States national championships. He was the runner-up in dual moguls at both the 2017 and 2019 World Cup World Championships meets.
Bryon Wlson finished on the World Cup podium four times.
The Wilsons grew up on Wall Street in Butte and launched their skiing careers on homemade ramps they constructed above Homestake Bridge on the city’s East Ridge portion of the Rocky Mountains. Both have told they even skied on the homemade ramps at night, the course illuminated by lights from Homestake Pass traffic.
Bryon Wilson graduated from Butte High in 2006 and participated in American Legion baseball. Brad Wilson is a 2011 graduate of Butte Central and played on the Maroons’ tennis team. Once discovered as Olympic prospects, skiing demands took both boys away from their schools for periods of time and they continued their studies as the Olympic training site in Park City, Utah. Their parents, Bryon and Jeanette, moved to Park City when the boys were teenagers to support their development and hopes.
The brothers are both known as talented artists with Bryon gaining acclaim as a carver, his specialty being likenesses of game fish, and Brad doing work as a painter in water colors.
Brad Wilson has not announced his future plans.
— Compiled by Bruce Sayler for buttesports.com