Greenville skier places 10th in World Cup moguls event

Posted Jan. 15, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.

Greenville native Jeremy Cota finished in a season-best 10th place Wednesday afternoon during the USANA Lake Placid Freestyle Cup men’s mogul ski race held at Lake Placid, N.Y.

The 25-year-old Cota, one of three Maine men vying for berths on the U.S. Olympic team in the event, placed sixth among the Americans at the FIS World Cup stop, besting his previous top finish of 19th last weekend at Deer Valley, Utah.

Troy Murphy of Bethel finished 30th overall and eighth among the U.S. contingent Wednesday, while David DiGravio of Farmington placed 31st overall, ninth among the Americans.

Alexander Bilodeau of Canada won the event, but two Americans joined him on the podium with Patrick Deneen placing second and Bradley Wilson third. Other top American finishers included Byron Wilson (fourth), Sho Kashima (eighth) and Joseph Discoe (12th).

Fifty-nine competitors completed the race.

With their performances, Deneen and Bradley Wilson moved closer to achieving the nomination standard for the three Olympic team berths available, that of having two FIS World Cup podium finishes.

Each scored his first top-three finish of the season Wednesday, and no other American has finished that high in any race to date with just one more qualifying event remaining this weekend at Val Sainte-Come, Quebec.

If fewer than three skiers earn two top-three finishes in World Cup races, the remaining slots on the U.S. Olympic team will be based on the seasonlong World Cup point standings.

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