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Mogul Skiers Ready for Ruka Opener

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
December, 6 2017
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Ruka, FINLAND (Dec. 6, 2017) – The 2017-18 FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup is set to kick off this weekend in the winter wonderland of Ruka, Finland. The U.S. has 12 athletes competing against a strong contingent of international skiers for the first podiums of the season. Men’s and women’s qualifications and finals will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9.

With it being the first World Cup of the season, any one of the U.S. Ski Team athletes have a chance to notch a top result. Ruka is one of seven World Cup competitions this season that will be taken into consideration when nominating the team for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

Keaton McCargo (Telluride, Colo.) and Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, Colo.) have both previously podiumed on the fun but challenging course in Ruka. Morgan Schild (Rochester, N.Y.) and Troy Murphy (Bethel, Maine) will be looking to start the season off strong after posting career-best seasons in 2016-17.

Read on to see who to watch and where to watch all the action from Ruka.

MEN’S STARTERS
Joel Hedrick
Troy Murphy
Tom Rowley
Emerson Smith
Troy Tully
Brad Wilson

WOMEN’S STARTERS
Olivia Giaccio
Tess Johnson
Jaelin Kauf
Mikaela Matthews
Keaton McCargo
Morgan Schild

HOW TO WATCH (times EST)
Saturday, Dec. 9
9:30 a.m. – Men’s and women’s moguls; Ruka – olympicchannel.com

11:00 a.m. – Men’s and women’s moguls; Ruka – Olympic Channel TV (same day delay)