Wilsons seem ready to attack World Cup second half

Conditions were apparently pretty near perfect for Bryon Wilson as he scorched a Vail, Colo., ski hill last Saturday and won the NorAm (North American) Cup men’s moguls championship.
The effort might have been a good springboard for the Butte mogulist’s return to the World Cup circuit this week. It might also have provided some salve for the hurt of being left off the United States Olympic Team.
“I did pretty well,” Wilson said after his Saturday win. “The course was really good.”
Wilson captured the Winter Olympics Bronze Medal in 2010 at Vancouver, British Columbia, then suffered a serious knee injury the following World Cup season and spent time off the hill recovering from the ligament tear and the ensuing reparative surgery. He has been a consistent podium contender the past two seasons of World Cup competition.
The NorAm championship effort featured Wilson being able to land both of his two most difficult jumps, the 2006 Butte High graduate said.
“It was good for the confidence,” he commented. “This whole month I’ve been training hard and getting everything done for the second half of the World Cup season.”
The second half picks up Saturday at Inawashiro in Japan. Wilson and his younger brother, Brad, 21, will be teammates on the U.S. team in the men’s moguls. Brad Wilson competed last week for Team USA in the event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and gave a really strong effort, but was derailed by a slight fall. He qualified through the first round, but then a slip prevented him from advancing past the semifinals to the medal round.
Brad Wilson’s attempted aerial looked much more difficult than what was being tried by the other competitors. It was a high, spectacular flip off the top ramp and as he landed, he tipped so slightly backwards and fell. However, he immediately rose off his back end and rejoined the route, but was unable to make up the lost time and points.
“I definitely think Brad has what it takes to medal,” Bryon Wilson said, agreeing the jump would have been a high scorer. “He was skiing a lot faster (to the point of fall) than the others. “
The older brother went on to say he would’ve liked his younger sibling’s chances at a medal “for sure” if he had advanced to the last round.
The boys were to reunite in Park City, Utah, on Monday before flying to Japan on Tuesday to begin World Cup competition resumption preparations. The meet in Inawashiro will be a double meet, as will the competition March 15 at Voss, Norway, which will be the next stop for the Wilsons and their USA teammates. They will finish their tour with a stop in LaPlagna, France, on March 22.
“I’m super excited for the rest of the season,” Bryon Wilson said. “Hopefully, I can do well at the World Cups.”

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