RUKA, Finland (Dec. 8, 2016) – The FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup tour is set to kick off this weekend just below the Arctic Circle in the winter wonderland of Ruka, Finland. The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team will have 12 athletes competing in the moguls competition on Saturday, Dec. 10.
After a very successful on-snow camp in Tignes, France during the month of November, the U.S. team has arrived in Ruka and will begin official training for the World Cup on Thursday. The first competition of the season is always exciting, and a bit nerve-racking, but the U.S. team is ready to put down some solid performances.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (March 18, 2016) – The competition was fierce as the best mogul skiers in the United States battled it out for the national title at the 2016 USANA U.S. Freestyle Championships. U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO) and Tom Rowley (Long Beach, NY) put down the best runs of the day to come out on top and earn the title of moguls national champion.
It was the first national title for McCargo, who struggled to post top results on the World Cup this year. But her skiing on Steamboat's Voodoo Trail was flawless. She qualified first heading into the 16-skier final. In her last run, she executed a clean 360 and back tuck on her airs and stayed composed in the middle mogul section, earning a score of 88.22 to take the win.
MOSCOW, Russia (March. 5, 2016) – The U.S. mogul skiers closed out the season with strong performances in the dual moguls World Cup finals. Jeremy Cota (Carabassett Valley, ME) and Ali Kariotis (Tiburon, CA) led the U.S. team with a pair of fourth place finishes. Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY) and Brad Wilson (Butte, MT) also finished in the top 10.
The competition in Moscow was the first of its kind, taking place in a city and on scaffolding. With a wet and warm competition day, the course in Moscow was slushy and fast. Skiers were averaging a run time of 12 seconds. Kariotis was one of the fastest on the women’s side, winning all of her duals at the line and earning her best World Cup finish to date.
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 6, 2016) – World Cup rookie Jaelin Kauf (Steamboat, CO) finished out the week at the Visa Freestyle International with her first career World Cup podium, taking third in the dual moguls competition. Teammate Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO), who dualed against Kauf for the podium spot, posted her best finish of the week in fourth.
Kauf, who was the top U.S. women’s finisher in Thursday’s moguls competition, tackled the Champion mogul course six times against six different competitors, skiing clean, fast runs to land herself on the podium.
“After finishing my run in the moguls competition and qualifying for finals first, I knew it was good enough,” said Kauf. “I just had to stand up and ski my run. It was an amazing weekend. This is probably my favorite course I’ve ever skied. All my family was here too, so it was just an awesome experience.”
PARK CITY, UT (February 4, 2016) – Jaelin Kauf (Steamboat, CO), competing in only her third World Cup event, blazed Deer Valley’s Champion mogul course to finish as the top American in sixth Thursday night at the Visa Freestyle International.
Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe took her 11th World Cup victory, as Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan finished second, while Justine’s sister, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, finished third. For the men, Matt Graham of Australia won his first World Cup mogul event Thursday night. Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury maintained his World Cup moguls lead, finishing second, followed by Ludvig Fjallstrom from Sweden in third.
CALGARY, Alberta (Jan. 28, 2016) – The U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team will make its third stop on the FIS Freestyle World Cup this weekend at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta. Moguls competition will take place on Saturday.
After an extended training block, both the men's and women’s teams had solid results at last weekend’s World Cup in Val St. Come, Quebec. The men really pushed their speed and degree of difficulty, but a few small mistakes kept them off the podium. Young guns Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, NH) and Jaelin Kauf (Steamboat Springs, CO) both had strong runs and lead the charge for the U.S. women, with Dziemian posting her best World Cup finish and Kauf notching a top 20 in her first World Cup appearance. Coming in to Calgary, the opportunity exists for both the World Cup veterans and new comers to really step it up.
VAL ST. COME, Quebec (Jan. 23, 2016) – The Canadian freestyle moguls team occupied five of six podium spots on Saturday’s World Cup competition in Val St. Come.
Mikael Kingsbury didn’t miss a beat as he dominated the field to take the win on the men’s side while teammate Laurent Dumais took third. After missing the top 10 at the World Cup opener in Ruka, Justine Dufour-LaPointe landed back on top of the women’s podium, leading a sweep with her sisters Chloe and Maxime.
The U.S. team qualified six athletes, including Tom Rowley (Long Beach, NY), Dylan Walczyk (Rochester, NY), Jeremy Cota (Carrabassett Valley, ME), Nessa Dziemian (East Hampstead, NH), Jaelin Kauf (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO), through to the final rounds. Dziemian put down a strong run in final one but suffered a crash in the middle section of the course on final two. She still posted her best World Cup result with a sixth place finish.
RUKA, Finland (Dec. 12, 2015) – In a Lapland winter wonderland, Mikaela Matthews (Frisco, CO) put down seven clean runs on Ruka’s steep mogul course, claiming her first career World Cup win at the 2016 FIS Freestyle dual moguls opener.
The U.S. team advanced six women into the finals, with Matthews and Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO) advancing through to the round of 16. McCargo lost her dual against Kazakstan’s Yulia Galysheva, making Matthews the lone U.S. contender for the next four duals.
“I felt in it,” stated Matthews. “I had line choice all day until my final dual, but because the lines were so even I wasn’t really worried about it. Coming into that final dual I missed a few turns off the top air. There was definitely an internal battle going on. I definitely could have blown out, but I just kept telling myself ‘don’t blow out.’ I told myself to stick with it and get on my toes, and it ended up working out.”
RUKA, Finland (Dec. 10, 2015) – The U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team returns to competition this Saturday as the 2015-16 FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup kicks offs in Ruka, Finland. Athletes will have two days of official training before the Dec. 12 dual moguls event. Twelve athletes from the U.S. team will go head-to-head against a stacked international field.
Nestled just below the article circle, Ruka is a snowy, dark winter wonderland. Athletes only see the sun for a few hours per day, which means the majority of their training takes place under the lights.
Jeremy Cota trains under the lights in Ruka ahead of the World Cup opener.
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 10, 2015) - Thirteen years after a teenaged Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) first met the Champion moguls run as a forerunner at the 2002 Olympics, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist bid farewell to the course that helped define her career. Kearney finished second after a hard-fought battle with Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada in a FIS dual moguls World Cup. Dylan Walczyk (Vail, CO) took World Cup leader Mikal Kingsbury of Canada down to the wire, but finished second. 10,000 fans were on hand at Deer Valley for the competition.