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Wilson wins and McPhie second on moguls in Japan

Combined men's and women's podiums (USST)

Combined men’s and women’s podiums (USST)

INAWASHIRO, Japan – Olympian Bradley Wilson of the U.S. Ski Team earned his second career World Cup victory Saturday in a strong return to moguls competition after the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Fellow Olympic team member Heather McPhie took her first podium of the season with second in the women’s event set on the tricky Japanese course.

“What I like about this course is when you show up you have to adapt to everything that happens here. By the time your run comes you just have to figure it out. I didn’t train any top-to-bottoms today, but you just show up and you have to be able to make it happen. I had such a good time with it,” said Wilson. “You just go for it! The course isn’t stock like some of the other ones are during the season. It tests you and your ability to do what you need to do whatever the conditions are.”

Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe took the victory for the women, and her sister Maxime was third. Three other Canadians, Marc-Antoine Gagnon, Mikael Kingsbury, and Alex Bilodeau, filled out the top four in the men’s event. Persistent fog throughout the training period and soft snow added to the difficulty of the infamously intimidating course. The fog lifted Saturday, but the top jump threw off many of the athletes with its steep landing.

Wilson’s first World Cup victory came on this course a year ago. He took Saturday’s win after throwing a back-X on the top air and a cork 720 on the bottom air in his final run.

“The top air here is really tricky,” said McPhie. “It’s got a really steep landing and if you make it about four bumps out of the top air you should be feeling good and you can go for the speed. The bottom of the course is much flatter than the top so it’s helpful to have experience on this course. It was also helpful that the course was super soft, which I am more comfortable with.”

Joe Discoe and Dylan Walczyk finished seventh and eighth after advancing to finals on the difficult course. Eliza Outtrim also advanced to the superfinal round and finished just off the podium in fourth. Sophia Schwartz and Ali Kariotis made it through to the final and finished ninth and 12th, respectively.

Olympic bronze medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) over rotated on the top air and lost a ski for a DNF. Kearney remains second in the World Cup moguls standings. The men and women head back up the hill Sunday to take on dual moguls.

Release courtesy of USSA

 

LADIES’ RESULTS

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  2  2485348 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Justine 1994 CAN  23.41  50.00
 2  10  2364117 MCPHIE Heather 1984 USA  22.99  40.00
 3  5  2476152 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Maxime 1989 CAN  22.67  30.00
 4  7  2329386 OUTTRIM Eliza 1985 USA  21.93  25.00
 5  9  2527953 NAUDE Andi 1996 CAN  21.42  22.50
 6  14  2485108 HOSHINO Junko 1989 JPN  10.24  20.00
 7  16  2360722 SCANZIO Deborah 1986 ITA  20.98  18.00
 8  27  2528133 WESSEL Hedvig 1995 NOR  20.59  16.00
 9  11  2484536 SCHWARTZ Sophia 1990 USA  20.37  14.50
 10  20  2485346 HAMEL Christel 1992 CAN  19.80  13.00
 11  23  2485027 PERTAKHIYA Marika 1992 RUS  19.58  12.00
 12  17  2528114 KARIOTIS Ali 1995 USA  19.08  11.00
 13  38  2369840 ITO Azusa 1985 JPN  18.31  10.00
 14  26  2481584 MURATOVA Elena 1986 RUS  18.06  9.00
 15  32  2329677 ROBICHAUD Audrey 1988 CAN  16.79  8.00
 16  37  2484827 IWAMOTO Ako 1993 JPN  10.00  7.50
 17  28  2527317 ITO Satsuki 1993 JPN  17.21  7.00
 18  33  2529741 HATADA Moka 1997 JPN  16.21  6.50
 19  39  2527944 OGIHARA Miyako 1995 JPN  15.95  6.00
 20  34  2528160 MCCARGO Keaton 1995 USA  15.45  5.50
 21  31  2527135 ICHIMURA Miki 1993 JPN  14.46  5.00
 22  3  2484720 DUFOUR-LAPOINTE Chloe 1991 CAN  9.67  0.00
 23  30  2527003 SEO Jee-won 1994 KOR  9.43  0.00
Did not start
 2175252 UEMURA Aiko 1979 JPN
Did not finish
 2328513 KEARNEY Hannah 1986 USA
 2530095 MEILINGER Melanie 1991 AUT

 

MEN’S RESULTS

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  6  2485221 WILSON Bradley 1992 USA  24.30  50.00
 2  7  2484952 GAGNON Marc-Antoine 1991 CAN  24.25  40.00
 3  2  2484937 KINGSBURY Mikael 1992 CAN  23.88  30.00
 4  1  2426100 BILODEAU Alex 1987 CAN  23.74  25.00
 5  21  2407670 BENNA Anthony 1987 FRA  23.18  22.50
 6  15  2484735 POULIOT-CAVANAGH Simon 1990 CAN  23.08  20.00
 7  13  2471011 DISCOE Joseph 1987 USA  23.57  18.00
 8  23  2527085 WALCZYK Dylan 1993 USA  23.55  16.00
 9  12  2484730 MARQUIS Philippe 1989 CAN  23.36  14.50
 10  40  2484893 GAGNE Pascal-olivier 1989 CAN  22.59  13.00
 11  32  2527798 PAVLENKO Aleksey 1995 RUS  22.13  12.00
 12  37  2482554 VOLKOV Sergey 1987 RUS  22.09  11.00
 13  33  2484486 YOSHIKAWA Sora 1990 JPN  21.80  10.00
 14  25  2527469 CHOI Jae-woo 1994 KOR  21.73  9.00
 15  45  2526411 TANAKA Rikuya 1992 JPN  20.91  8.00
 16  28  2407185 MATIZ Giacomo 1986 ITA  20.78  7.50
 17  34  2527128 KOBAYASHI Tatsuki 1992 JPN  20.11  7.00
 18  20  2484106 HICKS Eddie 1988 CAN  19.89  6.50
 19  36  2527253 SHIKATA Motoki 1993 JPN  19.73  6.00
 20  17  2527778 MURPHY Troy 1992 USA  18.78  5.50
 21  35  2530514 CAVET Benjamin 1994 FRA  18.05  5.00
 22  22  2484727 COTA Jeremy 1988 USA  17.64  4.50
 23  44  2526124 SEO Myung-joon 1992 KOR  17.49  4.00
 24  3  2382838 DENEEN Patrick 1987 USA  14.64  3.50
 25  26  2530513 BARADARAN Darius 1994 IRA  14.56  3.00
 26  38  2484758 SLATTEN Vinjar 1990 NOR  14.29  2.50
 27  5  2482457 SMYSHLYAEV Alexandr 1987 RUS  13.18  2.25
 28  39  2529645 HORISHIMA Ikuma 1997 JPN  13.13  2.00
 29  43  2406506 SPETT Per 1985 SWE  12.51  1.80
 30  31  2528069 SUGIMOTO Kosuke 1994 JPN  10.40  1.60
 31  42  2526257 SUZUKI Kenta 1990 JPN  10.32  0.00
 32  16  2397776 NISHI Nobuyuki 1985 JPN  4.68  0.00
 33  29  2527908 KIM Ji-hyon 1995 KOR  1.92  0.00
Did not finish
 2528117 FJALLSTROM Ludvig 1993 SWE
 2484861 ENDO Sho 1990 JPN
 2526178 YAMAGUCHI Takuya 1991 JPN
 2471302 WILSON Bryon 1988 USA
 2527554 TADE Marco 1995 SUI

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