Wilson vs. Wilson in Japan World Cup duals

INAWASHIRO, Japan — After years of competing against each other in head-to-head competitions on ski hills at Discovery Basin, Lost Trail, Bridger Bowl, on self-made ramps near Homestake Pass and in their backyard, etc., Butte brothers Bryon and Brad Wilson raced for real on Sunday.
They met, paired against each other, in the men’s dual moguls event at the World Cup freestyle stop in Japan. It was the first time they raced head-to-head in a World Cup competition.
Bryon, 25, won and went on to place seventh in the meet. Brad, 21, wound up in 11th place. Bozeman racer Heather McPhie placed fourth in the women’s dual moguls. McPhie was second in women’s moguls on Saturday. Brad Wilson won the men’s moguls Saturday.
Bryon Wilson was edged in Sunday’s dual quarterfinals by Sho Endy of Japan, who wound up the meet runner-up to Canadian Mikael Kingsbury. American Hannah Kearney won the Sunday women’s duals meet.
Both Wilsons have competed in the Winter Olympics as Team USA freestyle mogulists, Bryon taking the Bronze Medal in 2010, and Brad having just competed at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Bboth are regular World Cup contenders and are reigning champions of prestigious events — Bryon in the NorAm Cup and Brad in the United Statess National Championships.
The next World Cup meet for the Wilsons is scheduled two weeks away in Voss, Norway.



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