Younger Wilson earns first podium
February 3, 2013
Brad Wilson has been skiing in his brother Bryon’s shadow for years, watching him amass several World Cup podium finishes.
On Saturday night though, it was Brad’s turn to grab the spotlight, earning his first-ever World Cup podium with a third-place finish at the FIS Freestyle World Cup dual moguls competition at Deer Valley.
After Bryon Wilson had to back out of Thursday’s singles competition because of an injury, Brad was the Wilson family’s only chance for a podium finish.
He didn’t disappoint, knocking off top-ranked Mikael Kingsbury of Canada in the quarterfinal round en route to his bronze medal.
Wilson, who lives in Park City, said he wouldn’t have changed anything about his first podium experience.
"It’s a dream come true to do it here at Deer Valley, my home mountain," he said. "It’s one of those things you can’t really explain."
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Fellow American Patrick Deneen earned his second podium finish of the weekend, taking second place on Saturday after winning a bronze on Thursday.
Canadian Alex Bilodeau won Saturday’s event after finishing second on Thursday.
Deneen said he was glad he was able to share Wilson’s first podium with him.
"I’m really happy for Brad," he said. "Brad’s an awesome kid. He’s been skiing really well for a long time."
On the women’s side, American Hannah Kearney won another gold medal in the duals competition after taking first place in the singles competition on Thursday.
She said balancing speed and technique was the key to her success on Saturday.
"There’s a fine line between skiing too fast and skiing too slow," she said. "I think I found the right balance tonight."
Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva took second and third places, respectively.