Freestyle Programs

Wilson Sochi Bound

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USSA
2014-01-19 14:59
 

VAL ST. COME, QC (Jan. 19) – Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) 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. 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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) 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, fulfilling the minimum criteria for qualification.
  • Five other U.S. men qualified for the final including rookie Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME) in fifth, Jermey Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME) 11th, Dylan Walczyk (Breckenridge, CO) 14th, Sho Kashima (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) 15th and Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO) 16th.
  • Six U.S. women also qualified for the final, including defending Olympic champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), who finished fourth.
  • Heidi Kloser (Vail, CO) was next in fifth with Sophia Schwartz (Steamboat Springs, CO) sixth, Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) seventh, Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) tenth and Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, CA) 16th.
  • This was Murphy's second fifth place finish of the season.
  • Alex Bilodeau of Canada took the win for the men while teammate Chloe Dufour-Lapointe won for the women.
  • Pat Deneen (Cle Elum, WA) sat out Sunday’s competition in order to rest up for the Olympics. He clinched his Sochi spot last week at Lake Placid.
  • Light snow fell on the course most of the day making for flat light conditions for the athletes.
  • Sunday closed the Olympic selection period. Official team nominations will be announced Jan. 21.

QUOTES
Brad Wilson
I came in thinking that maybe my third place finish last week would be good enough to get me to the games. 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. 

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Official Women’s Results

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