Jaelin Kauf has been making her way up the ranks in mogul skiing since her first FIS competitions in 2010. She had a break out year on the World Cup tour in 2016, landing her first career podium and taking home the Rookie of the Year title. She had her most successful season to date in 2018, finishing second in the moguls World Cup standings and making her first Olympic Team.
Q: What's your earliest memory of being on snow?
It's hard to pinpoint a moment where I first remember being on snow because it's been my whole life. With two parents who were on the pro mogul tour, mogul skiing is in my blood. My older brother loved skiing moguls, and I loved to do whatever he did. When he started competing, I quickly followed in his tracks.
Q: What was the breakthrough moment when you realized you could compete at the elite level?
A: At the Visa Freestyle International in 2016, I had qualified 14th for finals. In the first final, I just went up and skied my run - I didn't try to push it too hard, and it just felt so easy. I ended up qualifying first for super finals, and that's when I realized I could be at the top.
Q: Tell us something quirky about yourself.
A: My Curious George monkey travels everywhere with me. His name is George Junior.
- Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
- 2018 Pyeongchang
- Years on Team: 3
FIS FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
1st, DM, Megeve, FRA, 2018
1st, MO, Deer Valley, Utah, 2018
1st, DM, Tazawako, JPN, 2017 (First career World Cup win)
1st, MO, Tiawoo, CHN, 2017
2nd, MO, Deer Valley, Utah, 2018
2nd, MO, Tiawoo, CHN, 2017
3rd, DM, Deer Valley, Utah, 2017
3rd, DM, Deer Valley, Utah, 2016
2016 World Cup Rookie of the Year