U.S. Team’s Bryon Wilson takes Olympic moguls bronze

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 14, 2010 7:26 pm

Once again freestyle moguls lit up Vancouver–and this time it was the men’s event. Canada got its first gold medal on home turf when Alexandre Bilodeau stunned the crowd with a fast, perfect run. The 22 year-old from Quebec threw a clean back double-twisting full on his top air and layout with an iron cross at the bottom. Of course, he stuck both of his landings, and notched one of the fastest times of the night.

2006 Olympic gold medalist and entrepreneur Dale Begg-Smith claimed the silver. The Australian is actually Canadian by birth, and one of the most consistent skiers on the World Cup Freestyle Tour. He’s never missed a step, and recently came back from a knee injury he suffered last season at Deer Valley.

The bronze went to Team USA’s Bryon Wilson, who threw a show-stopping double-full twisting back flip on his top air. Both of his landings were perfect and his skiing was clean throughout. It is Wilson’s first Olympic medal and first time at the Games.

Wilson saved the day for the Americans, as all four men qualified for the finals, but failed to execute. Steamboat resident Mike Morse finished his run on his feet, but was a little more loose than usual. Morse’s teammates Pat Deneen and Nate Roberts were flying down Cypress mountain, but both lost control. Deneen crashed head-first through a gate, and Roberts skied off course.

Next up for Freestyle? Women’s aerials qualificiations, on February 20. If it’s anything like moguls, fans will be in for an exciting ride.