Bilous second in competitive return

In front of a raucous home crowd cheering him on, Finn Bilous nailed some huge jumps in the final...
Finn Bilous. Photo: Iain McGregor/AP
Wanaka skier Finn Bilous claimed the silver medal in freeski slopestyle at the Copper Mountain stop of the US Revolution tour yesterday.

Bilous put together a technical run and was rewarded with a score of 90.75 for his run, just two points behind the winning score.

"It’s been awesome to be in Colorado working on new tricks like the double 1440 that I landed," he said.

‘‘It was a great event to test out my new tricks before the world champs next week.”

Kiernan Fagan claimed victory with a score of 92.75 and fellow American Ralph Konnor rounded out the podium in third.

The event was Bilous’s first slopestyle competition in more than 13 months.

A broken collarbone late in the 2020 New Zealand season resulted in him missing the first World Cup slopestyle of the 2021 season held in Austria in November.

The result is a great confidence-builder for Bilous before he heads into the Freeski World Championships next weekend.

Fellow New Zealand freeskier Luca Harrington, of Wanaka, finished seventh in the slopestyle.

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