Bradley Wilson (Butte, Mont.) secured his spot on the U.S. Olympic freestyle team Sunday with a third-place finish at the moguls FIS World Cup at Val St. Come. It was his second podium in a week after his third-place finish at Lake Placid Jan. 15, giving him the minimum criteria for qualification.
“I came in thinking that maybe my third place finish last week would be good enough to get me to the games,” said Wilson. “So I went out there and skied just for myself, which was really nice. The pressure was off because I wasn’t skiing for anyone but myself. I lowered my degree of difficulty today because the course was eating people up and I didn’t want to push it, and it ended up working put really well. I’m really pleased with the way everything went today.”
Alex Bilodeau of Canada took the win for the men while teammate Chloe Dufour-Lapointe won for the women. Sunday closed the Olympic selection period. Official team nominations will be announced Jan. 21.
Five other U.S. men qualified for the final including rookie Troy Murphy (Bethel, Maine) in fifth, Jermey Cota (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) 11th, Dylan Walczyk (Breckenridge, Colo.) 14th, Sho Kashima (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.) 15th and Joe Discoe (Telluride, Colo.) 16th.