Kauf Top American in World Cup Opener
RUKA, Finland (Dec. 9, 2017) – World championship bronze medalist Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.) led five American women into finals at the opening FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup with a fifth-place finish. Keaton McCargo (Telluride, Colo.) also broke into the top 10, finishing ninth.
Australia’s Britteny Cox, who won the World Cup opener in 2016, started her Olympic season off with another win on the Ruka course. Canada’s Audrey Robichaud was second and Russia’s Marika Pertakhiya third. Olivia Giaccio (Redding, Conn.), Tess Johnson (Vail, Colo.) and Morgan Schild (Rochester, N.Y.) rounded out the top U.S. finishers in 14th, 15th, and 16th.
Emerson Smith (Dover, Vt.) was the top U.S. men’s finisher in 15th. Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury added another victory to his resume while Kazakhstan skiers Dmitriy Reikherd and Pavel Kolmakov finished second and third.
The FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup tour continues Dec. 21-22 in Thaiwoo, China.