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Jaelin Kauf grabs first World Cup moguls win of season

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American Jaelin Kauf earned her fourth World Cup win in the last year, beating a field that included all three PyeongChang moguls medalists in Thaiwoo, China, on Saturday.

Kauf, competing at the site of her first World Cup moguls victory last Dec. 21, totaled 83.08 points and held off Australian Jakara Anthony by .66.

The 22-year-old Kauf has more World Cup wins between moguls and dual moguls in the last year than any other woman but was seventh at the Olympics, missing the six-skier final by .78. The Wyoming native struggled with turns while having the fastest time of the penultimate round.

Kauf’s parents were both pro tour moguls champions. They never competed in the Olympics, but both later took up ski cross. Her mom made X Games podiums in 1999, 2000 and 2002.

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Another U.S. win in moguls, plus another Olympic qualifier

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American Jaelin Kauf is the world’s best moguls skier this season. Countrywoman Morgan Schild is not far behind.

Kauf won for the second time in six World Cup events this season on Thursday night, notching her fourth finish in the top two in the last five events. She leads the World Cup standings.

Schild joined her on the podium for a second straight night in Park City, Utah, in third place.

Schild clinched an Olympic spot, joining Kauf as first two moguls skiers to qualify for Team USA.

Kauf, the daughter of two moguls skiers, made her first Olympics with her win Wednesday night.

Schild, a 20-year-old also going to her first Olympics, went 22 months between competitions due to a left ACL tear and two surgeries.

She returned last January and made the podium in her first World Cup back. Then she notched her first World Cup moguls win a month later.

They’re succeeding the retired Hannah Kearney — 2010 Olympic champion and 2014 bronze medalist — in carrying the Olympic podium hopes for the U.S.

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Mikael Kingsbury breaks wins record; U.S. mogulist qualifies for Olympics

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Canadian moguls skier Mikael Kingsbury won his record-breaking 47th World Cup event, while Jaelin Kauf became the first U.S. mogulist to qualify for PyeongChang in Park City, Utah, on Wednesday night.

Kingsbury, the Sochi silver medalist, won for the 12th straight time on the World Cup, extending an unbeaten run since last January.

Arguably the most dominant athlete in winter sports today also passed U.S. Olympic champions Donna Weinbrecht and Hannah Kearney for the most career World Cup wins in moguls and dual moguls combined.

It took Weinbrecht 112 starts to reach 46 wins. It took Kearney 117 starts.

Kingsbury, 25, surpassed them in his 85th start, winning 55 percent of his career races and making the podium 80 percent of the time.

“They’re big legends, and to pass them is a big honor,” he said after Wednesday’s victory.

American Bradley Wilson took third in the men’s event and looks likely to make his second Olympics after finishing 20th in Sochi.

In the women’s event, Americans Kauf and Morgan Schild took second and third behind Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont.

Kauf, the 21-year-old daughter of two moguls skiers, clinched the first U.S. Olympic moguls berth. She has a win and two runners-up in five races this season and leads the World Cup standings.

Schild will clinch an Olympic spot with a podium in Thursday’s moguls event in Park City or next week in Canada. Even without a podium, she will still likely be named to her first Olympic team by a selection committee.

Wednesday also marked the first World Cup that none of the three Canadian Dufour-Lapointe sisters finished in the top eight in nearly seven years.

The top sister was Chloe in 20th place. Justine and Chloe went one-two in Sochi.

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