Butte’s Bryon Wilson named to moguls A team after two World Cup seconds

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on December 15, 2009 3:08 pm

PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 15) – When Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT) landed in Suomu, Finland, it’s doubtful he thought the trip would have more in store for him than training time on a World Cup moguls course. But what he didn’t know was about to shape the entirety of his 2010 season.

“I went over for the Europa Cup (where he finished second) and had no expectations to ski the World Cup. Everything fell into place and I don’t know how to explain how it happened. It just did. No one expects it, but it’s an amazing thing.”

An alternate for the two World Cup competitions, Wilson, the reigning U.S. moguls champion, was getting in great training when his teammate took a spill that removed him from competition and put Wilson in the starting gate of the first World Cup of the season. Wilson aced the course, along with a majority of the competitive field and wound up second – a career best for the 2009 U.S. Champion.

“I went in and wasn’t expecting to podium at all. I just wanted to lay one down with the double full,” Wilson said. “When I go to bottom they announced ‘second place Bryon Wilson’ and I was like ‘what?’ There were eight to go, but as I was watching everyone come down I just stayed in second place. I was thinking ‘Am I going to get a podium in the first World Cup of the season?’”

The second place gave Wilson a result within one of the top Olympic qualifying criteria levels (top 3 World Cup finish) and in a positive mood for the following day’s competition. But, no one could have foreseen that lightening would strike twice as Wilson again mastered the course for another second-place finish.

“I didn’t even plan on skiing this weekend because I was an alternate. Unfortunately one of our guys got hurt and I got put in,” Wilson said after his second competition. “So I’m really happy with two second places. It’s amazing. I just can’t believe it. It’s awesome.”

Now, as Wilson returns to the U.S. from his weekend of success, he is poised to make the 2010 Olympic team with the strongest results of the U.S. men, and he is a newly appointed member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team’s A team roster.

“With his two World Cup podiums, Bryon is now eligible to be on the A team,” U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Head Coach Jeff Wintersteen said. “He is a great athlete and his success this past weekend has been impressive. We are happy to be able to have him move up and hopefully we will see more great things out of him this season.”

But, no one is more excited about where the breakout athlete stands than Wilson himself.

“Now I’m on the A team just like that, without expecting it at all,” Wilson said. “I was supposed to be training and two days later I’m on the A team it’s amazing. I’m just excited about the start to season.”

There’s still a long season to go with five more World Cups before the naming of the Olympic Team. But Wilson took advantage of an opportunity to put himself into contention early.

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