Butte’s Wilson gets first World Cup moguls win

2013-02-25T00:15:00Z Butte’s Wilson gets first World Cup moguls winMontana Standard Montana Standard
February 25, 2013 12:15 am  • 

Butte Central graduate Bradley Wilson capped a breakout weekend with a dual moguls win on the steep course in Inawashiro, Japan, on Sunday.

Wilson defeated Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau of Canada in his finals run.

“To earn my first World Cup win in Inawashiro is pretty unbelievable,” Wilson said on the U.S. Ski Team’s website. “It’s a legendary course. And to have this win dueling against the two best skiers on the World Cup circuit makes it that much more rewarding.

“I came into this season with a lot of pressure that I put on myself, and it seems like the event that I just go out and have a good time with I do the best in. That’s what I did here this weekend. I remembered what freestyle skiing is all about, and just really enjoyed myself and enjoyed getting to ski on this unbelievable course. Everyone who came over here qualified for finals today. That just proves how strong our team is. To have so many U.S. athletes on the podium only pushes us all more and make it that much more fun.”

Wilson improved upon his second-place showing in solo moguls on Saturday, which had been the highest of his career.

Wilson wasn’t alone on the podium Sunday, as the USA took three of the top four spots in both the men’s and women’s events.

Joseph Discoe, also of the United States, was third for the men. Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury, who won Saturday’s moguls race and leads the overall standings, was fifth behind Japan’s Sho Kashima.

Miki Ito of Japan won women’s dual moguls event, and also captured her first victory of the season by finishing ahead of Mikaela Matthews and Hannah Kearney, both from the United States.

With the 60 points she received on Sunday, Kearney moved into first place in the standings with 513 points, three ahead of Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada, who finished eighth.

The next World Cup event is in Are, Sweden, on March 15-16.

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