Wilson rushes to podium for third in World Cup duals

Wilson rushes to podium for third in World Cup duals
Butte's Brad Wilson is shown in this courtesy photo.

KRASNOYARSK, Russia — Team USA member Brad Wilson of Butte, Montana, broke onto the podium Saturday in World Cup freestyle ski competition.

Wilson, a two-time Olympic contestant, copped a third-place finish in dual moguls for his first podium finish of the current World Cup season.

The race was won by Canadian standout Mikael Kingsbury while Gerken Schofield of Germany was the runner-up. Wilson beat out Benjamin Cavet of France for third place.

Dylan Walczyk placed 12th as the next highest United States finisher in the field of 44 skiers.

Wilson lost to Kingsbury in their dual race.

Perrine Laffont of France won the women’s event, as further reported  by the FIS-Ski website. Jakara Anthony of Australia placed second and Jaelin Kauf beat out Team USA teammate Hannah Soar for third place. The women’s meet saw 31 entrants.

So, it was a good day for the United States with two team members earning podium finishes.

Saturday’s duals marked the debut of Krasnoyarsk on the slate.

Wilson, 27, graduated from Butte Central in 2011 and competed in the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. He played tennis for the Maroons. Wilson’s older brother, Bryon, now a coach in the Team USA ski program, earned the Bronze Medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics and is a 2006 graduate of Butte High. He formerly played American Legion baseball in his Butte athletics.

Both boys were outstanding gymnasts, as well, during their Butte boyhoods and are the sons of Butte natives Bryon and Jeanette (Harrington) Wilson.

Brad Wilson now ranks No. 17 in the World Cup season, though he didn’t join this season’s tour until after the first of the year. He is No. 2 in the United States, behind the 14th-ranked Walczyk. The men’s World Cup leaders include Kingsbury at No. 1, Ikuma Horishima of Japan at No. 2 and Cavet in the third slot.

The moguls circuit will move to Fjall, Sweden, for the last two events on the schedule, March 14-15.


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