Kauf Lands Back-to-Back Podiums
THAIWOO, China (Dec. 22, 2017) – Coming off a win on Thursday, Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.) skied to another top result, landing a second-place finish on day two of competition at Thaiwoo Resort. With the two-podium weekend, Kauf retains the yellow World Cup leader’s bib and has met objective criteria to be nominated for the 2018 U.S. Olympic mogul team.
Kauf skied confidently throughout qualifications and finals, posting the highest scores in each round. She was the last competitor down the course once again in the super finals, putting down a clean, fast run and missing out on first place by only 0.8 points.
"Going into today, I knew I could be on the podium again with my run," said Kauf. "I just repeated in my head, 'ski your run,' and it settled my nerves a little. It's absolutely incredible to take home two podiums. I'm so happy to go home for a little break and come back in January still wearing the yellow bib."
"Jaelin introduced herself to the world this week," said U.S. Ski Team head moguls coach Matt Gnoza. "It's great to see all the work she put in during the prep period pay off. She proved she's one of the fastest mogul skiers and, with this week's performance, she has proven that she can dominate in both singles and duals."
Kazakstan’s Yulia Galysheva, who finished second to Kauf on Saturday, took home the win. Canada’s Andi Naude was third. The top U.S. women included 17-year-old Olivia Giaccio (Redding, Conn.), who posted her best result of the season so far, advancing to the super finals and finishing sixth. Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.), Keaton McCargo (Telluride, Colo.) and Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, N.H.) finished eighth, 11th and 15th respectively.
On the men’s side, U.S. skiers Troy Murphy (Bethel, Maine) and Brad Wilson (Butte, Mont.) both advanced to the finals but were unable to break into the super final, finishing eighth and 10th respectively. Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury secured his 45th career World Cup win followed by Kazakstan’s Dmitriy Reikherd in second and Australia’s Matt Graham in third.
The FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup tour takes a break for the Holidays before resuming on Jan. 6, 2018 in Calgary, Canada.