Butte's Bryon Wilson was injured in a crash Sunday, just days before the World Championships in Austria were set to begin according to a post on his Facebook page.
The update said that Wilson suffered a couple broken ribs and a slight tear in one of his lungs.
Wilson, 26, was the men’s moguls Bronze Medalist at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He was not picked for the 2014 Games held at Sochi, Russia. His younger brother, Brad Wilson, 22, competed at Sochi, but is recovering from knee surgery after suffering a season-ending injury last month.
Bryo Wilson was set to join the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team of 14 athletes to Kreischberg, Austria, Jan. 14-25 for the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships, spokesmen said.
A determination of his status for the World Championships has yet to be reached.
The Championships include events in freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding, with aerials and moguls.
Defending world champion in moguls, Hannah Kearney, will once again be on the hunt for a World Championship title. This will be Kearney’s last World Championships before her retirement at the end of this season. She has won six World Championship medals in her career, including two gold.
“I am looking forward to competing in Kreischberg, especially because it is a new venue for me,” said Kearney. “This is my last chance to win a World Championships title in dual moguls and I am excited about the challenge. Because Worlds does not count towards the overall World Cup standings, in some ways, the event comes with less pressure and therefore better skiing.”
Kiley McKinnon, who finished 14th at 2013 Worlds in Voss, Norway, had a very successful start to the 2015 season with two podiums at the first aerials World Cup in Beijing, China. McKinnon is looking to carry that momentum with her to Kreischberg.
“I want to build on the success that I had in Beijing and be able to land my tricks and do them as best as possible,” said McKinnon. “In Norway at Worlds, I wasn’t really where I needed to be yet, so I’m excited to go to Kreischberg as a stronger jumper and hopefully do well.”
2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
Aerials Men — Mac Bohonnon, Madison, Connecticut; Alex Bowen, Springville, New York; Jon Lillis, Rochester, New York; Mike Rossi, Long Valley, New Jersey.
Aerials Women — Ashley Caldwell, Ashburn, Virginia; Kiley McKinnon, Madison, Connecticut.
Moguls Men — Patrick Deneen, Cle Elum, Washington; Troy Murphy, Bethel, Maine; Tom Rowley, Long Beach, New York; Bryon Wilson, Butte, Montana.
Moguls Women — Ali Kariotis, Tiburon, California; Hannah Kearney, Norwich, Vermont; Keaton McCargo, Telluride, Colorado; Sophia Schwartz, Sun Valley, Idaho.