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Butte's Bradley Wilson takes spot on podium in Lake Placid

By Kane O'Neill, KTVM Sports, koneill@ktvm.com
Published On: Jan 15 2014 07:10:58 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 08:33:38 PM MST

Butte's Bradley Wilson knew he needed a big finish at Lake Placid if he wanted to keep his Olympic dreams alive and Wednesday he stood on the podium with a medal in his hand.

"It makes my chances a lot better to go to Sochi and I'm ecstatic," said Bradley, who finished third overall in the Men's Super final Wednesday. "My goal as a little kid was to compete in the Olympic games so we'll see what happens. Focus on next week and go from there."

Wednesday Bradley, along with his brother Bryon and Bozeman's Heather McPhie took to the hill in Lake PLacid for the 2nd to last Olympic qualifying event before the Olympics.

All three of the athletes posted scores that would get them into the top 16 round, but only two would move on to the Super final round.

McPhie, who had finished 8th out of 47 in the qualification round, stumbled in her run in the Women's 16 final and would finish 15th out of 16.

Bryon and Bradley both made it through the qualification round. Bradley finished 3rd with Bryon taking the final spot in the Men's Super final finishing in 6th place.

The two brothers would then go head to head in the finals. Bryon, who was up first, finished with a score of 25.16 which at the time put him in 3rd place overall.

Bradley would then follow that up with another big run finishing with a score of 25.18, pushing Bryon into the fourth overall spot.

All three of these athletes will travel to Quebec tomorrow and begin preparing for the last Olympic qualifying event which takes place Sunday morning. The Olympic team will be announced shortly after the race Sunday.