Debut World Cup Win for Bradley Wilson
INAWASHIRO, Japan (Feb. 24) – Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) capped a career best weekend with a dual moguls win on the steep course in Inawashiro. Wilson wasn't alone as the USA took three of the top four spots in both men’s and women’s. Joe Discoe (Telluride, CO) took third and Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA) took fourth in his second competition back from injury. On the women’s side, Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CA) earned a career best second, followed by Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) in third and Eliza Outtrim (Hamden, CT) in fourth.
- Bradley Wilson (Butte, MT) earned his first World Cup win in the dual moguls event in Inawashiro.
- Wilson took out Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau in his finals run.
- Teammate Joe Discoe also earned a career best third with fourth place going to Sho Kashima (South Lake Tahoe, CA) in his second event back after a knee injury cut his World Cup season short last year.
- Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO) earned her career best second, after just eight career dual moguls starts.
- Hannah Kearney(Norwich, VT) who ended the competition in third reclaimed the yellow World Cup leader’s bib.
- All 13 U.S. athletes made it into the finals rounds.
- Athletes have a week off before World Championships kick off March 5-10 in Voss, Norway.
To earn my first World Cup win in Inawashiro is pretty unbelievable. It's a legendary course. And to have this win dueling agains the two best skiers on the World Cup circuit makes it that much more rewarding.
I came into this season with a lot of pressure that I put in myself, and it seems like the event that I just go out and have a good time with I do the best. That's what I did here this weekend. I remembered what Freestyle skiing is all about and just really enjoyed myself and enjoyed getting to ski on this unbelievable course.
Everyone who came over here qualified for finals today. That just proves how strong our team is. To have so many U.S. athletes on the podium only pushes us all more and make it that much more fun.
Today was just awesome especially after the unfortunate luck I had in singles yesterday. It was definitely a gnarly course but I was able to ski the top section clean almost every time and that's what I needed to continue to advance through each round.
I was able to ski against Brad and he really pushed me. It's great to have so many U.S. athletes on the leader board. And the crowd here is just unbelievable. They really love freestyle and it's great they we were able to put on a good show for them.
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