Olympian Brad Wilson got himself a little closer to a return trip to the Olympic Winter Games Wednesday night with a third-place finish in front of the home crowd at the moguls world cup at Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.
Wilson, who competed at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, had plenty of speed through the middle and mute grab backflip at the bottom helped lift his score, but in the end it was Mikael Kingsbury who took the top spot and made moguls history with his 12th world cup win in a row and 47th world cup victory overall. Sho Endo of Japan finished in second. Team USA’s Casey Andringa finished fifth. In his world cup debut four days prior, Andringa was seventh.
With one world cup podium, Wilson is halfway to Olympic qualification.
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Wilson made his Olympic debut four years ago and finished 20th, and he's continued to get stronger after missing time due to a post-Olympic knee injury. Last season he claimed two world cup podiums – one in moguls and the other in the non-Olympic dual moguls event – and finished fifth in moguls at the world championships and won silver there in dual moguls. This is his third top-10 finish of the season (out of five world cups).
Wilson’s brother, Bryon, is a 2010 Olympic bronze medalist and finished 15th Wednesday.
Competition continues on Thursday with another round of moguls for both the men and the women.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.