Two-time Olympian Bradley Wilson earned his first world cup podium finish of the season in moguls Saturday, taking third in Tazawako, Japan.
The reigning national moguls champion, who recently won silver at the world championships in dual moguls, scored an 80.47 in the final. A pair of Canadians ultimately claimed the top two spots, with Mikael Kingsbury, the most decorated moguls skier of all time, bringing home the win with a score of 86.70 and Philippe Marquis finishing second with 83.67.
This is the second-to-last stop of the season on the world cup moguls circuit.
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It was Wilson’s first podium finish in moguls since Jan. 10, 2018, in Deer Valley, Utah, and his first outside the U.S. since Feb. 27, 2016. That event almost three years ago to the day, which Wilson won, also took place in Tazawako. His latest podium finish is now the seventh in the last four seasons for the U.S. team competing in Tazawako, including their performances in dual moguls. This was the first podium finish for a U.S. man in moguls this season.
Wilson is ranked eighth in the world in moguls, just ahead of fellow Olympian Casey Andringa as the top Americans.
Dylan Walczyk finished ninth and Andringa 10th in Tazawako, giving the U.S. three men in the top 10.
They landed four in the top 10 on the women’s side. Olympians Jaelin Kauf and Tess Johnson made the second final, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively. Olivia Giaccio finished eighth and Nessa Dziemian was ninth.
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.