Butte Olympian skier Brad Wilson will light the torch at the Big Sky State Games | SWX right now

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BILLINGS — United States Olympian Brad Wilson will be the special guest athlete at the 37th Annual Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 15. The ceremony will begin at 7:15 p.m. on Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium in Billings.

Wilson is a three-time Olympian in freestyle skiing. He placed 20th in moguls at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, 18th in moguls at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, and 25th in moguls at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. In addition to his Olympic skiing experience, Wilson is a five-time United States Champion and won silver medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships.

Wilson started skiing at the age of four and his passion only grew from there. He grew up in Butte, where he attended and graduated from Butte Central Catholic High School in 2011. He skied for the Wasatch Freestyle Club, where his alumni status is an inspiration to skiers budding. Wilson’s interest in freestyle skiing sparked at Lost Trail Powder Mountain in Sula, Montana, where he started skiing moguls as a youngster. After joining the Lost Trail Freestyle team and competing in the Northern Division Freestyle competition, his professional career quickly took off. Wilson’s older brother, Bryon, was also an Olympic freestyle skier and won a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Illustrating a true mountain lifestyle, Wilson enjoys a variety of other outdoor hobbies including fly fishing, mountain biking and camping. He is also a very talented artist; Wilson pursued a career as a painter and established Bradley Wilson Studios in Park City, Utah. His passion for the arts has provided him with a way to stay “productive” during the ski off-season, according to his website (bradleywilsonstudios.com [bradleywilsonstudios.com]).

Although his status and accomplishments are recognized around the world, Wilson will always be known as a small-town legend in the eyes of Montanans. Wilson recently retired from his skiing career at the end of the 2022 Winter Olympics. An athlete and entertainer, Wilson has undoubtedly had a full and fulfilling career. We are thrilled to have him as a special guest athlete at this year’s Opening Ceremonies.

State Games Opening Ceremonies festivities include the Soaking Race, Food Truck Olympics, Family Fun and Games, Athletes’ Parade, Montana Mile and Torch Lighting. The 2022 Opening Ceremonies are free to the public. Updates on current Big Sky State Games events are available at bigskygames.org [bigskygames.org].

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