Third-Career Top-10 for Soar
Hannah Soar led the U.S. at the FIS Moguls World Cup event, finishing in 10th – her third-career top-10 – in Thaiwoo, China, Saturday. Jaelin Kauf finished 18th, Tess Johnson in 25th and Olivia Giaccio was 27th.
“I skied a little bit slow and a bit too conservative, but you know I’m moving in the right direction and learning from each day and each mistake in order to better myself for tomorrow and days going forward,” reflected Hannah. “For duals tomorrow I plan to do a full to back truck again and push the speed a little more in the middle section and just let it run. Basically, just stick to what I’ve been doing, extending off the top air running the neutral in the middle section and throwing a big bottom air. I think that will get me pretty far through the day.”
France’s Perrine Laffont claimed her second 2020 season victory and shared the podium with Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva in second and Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe.
In a surprise twist, Japan’s Ikuma Hiroshima finished in first in the men's event, knocking Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury to second. France’s Benjamin Cavet rounded out the men’s podium in third. Dylan Walczyk was the top American finishing in 16th. In their second World Cup appearances, Nick Page and Alex Lewis had career-bests, finishing in 17th and 18th respectively, just missing finals by two places. Both earned World Cup points and continued to gain experience on the world’s elite moguls stage. Jesse Andringa climbed back from where he left off in Ruka with a 23rd place finish.
Tomorrow is a new day, and with it comes every American moguls skiers favorite event: duals. The U.S. Team thrives on duals, and it will be a good opportunity to shake off those early season cobwebs.
“This course is fun, tight and challenging, kind of like the East Coast,” explained Alex. “My goal tomorrow is to make my first finals in the World Cup, I’m going to shred it up in duals.”
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Sunday, Dec. 15
12:30 a.m. - Men and women’s dual moguls, Thaiwoo - Olympic Channel.com, NBC Sports Gold
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