Butte international freestyle skier Brad Wilson ended his 12-year career last month by ranking among the top 10 men’s freestyle skiers on the World Cup circuit, the FIS-Ski website has confirmed.
Wilson, 29, has competed in three Winter Olympics for Team USA, the last being in February in Beijing, China. Wilson also represented the country at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and PyeongChang, South Korea, respectively. Tough skier Wilson failed to medal during the Games with falls costing him two attempts.
The World Cup ski season ended last weekend. Another event has also taken place since the Beijing Games.
Wilson’s final ranking was ninth in moguls and 23rd in parallel bumps. He was second among Team USA men in moguls while Cole McDonald was eighth. Two skiers from Team USA got ahead of him in duels – McDonald being eighth and Nick Page finishing in 17th place.
Wilson announced his retirement from the sport midway through the recently ended World Cup season, with the retirement taking effect at the end of the season.
The season ended with the World Championships held in Megève, France. Wilson ranked 12and in moguls, which was won by Mikael Kingsbury of Canada with Ikuma Horishima of Japan second and Ludvvig Fjallstrom of Sweden third. The women on the podium were Perrine Laffont of France, first; Jakara Anthony of Australia second and Jaelin Kauf of the United States third.
The men’s dual moguls copied the regular moguls on the podium and saw Kingsbury claim the overall season championship again with Horishima second and Walter Wallberg of Sweden third.
Anthony was the winner of the overall women’s classification with Laffont second and Kai Owens of the United States third.
The United States won the Nations Cup as the team champion. Bryon Wilson, the older brother of Brad and also Butte, was the 2010 Winter Olympics bronze medalist in men’s moguls.
A World Cup event was also held on March 12 in Valmalenco, Italy. Kingsbury was the men’s winner with Horishima second and Wallberg third. Brad Wilson arrived 12and. Anthony won the women’s race while Laffont placed second and Kauf third.
Brad Wilson retired as a three-time World Cup winner and scored five podiums in 12 years on the World Cup circuit. He was the 2012 Men’s Moguls World Cup Rookie of the Year and won five United States National Championships. He finished second in dual moguls at the 2017 and 2019 World Cup World Championships.
Bryon Wilson has finished on the World Cup podium four times.
The Wilsons grew up on Wall Street in Butte and launched their ski careers on homemade ramps they built over the Homestake Bridge on the East Ridge portion of the Rocky Mountains. The two said they even skied the homemade ramps at night, with the course lit by traffic lights from Homestake Pass.
Bryon Wilson graduated from Butte High in 2006 and competed in American Legion baseball. Brad Wilson graduated from Butte Central in 2011 and played on the Maroons tennis team. Once discovered as Olympic hopefuls, the demands of skiing took both boys away from their schools for periods of time and they continued their education as an Olympic training site in Park City, Utah. Their parents, Bryon and Jeanette, moved to Park City when the boys were teenagers to support their development and hopes.
The brothers are both known as talented artists, with Bryon noted as a sculptor, his specialty being game fish likenesses, and Brad working as a watercolor painter.
Brad Wilson has not announced his future plans.
— Compiled by Bruce Sayler for buttesports.com