The season is underway!

For the 11th year running, the FIS Moguls World Cup tour kicked off in Ruka, Finland, Saturday. Jaelin Kauf led the U.S. Ski Team with a second-place podium finish, her best Opener result yet. She shared the podium with France’s Perrine Laffont, who earned the win, and Russia’s Anastasiia Smironva, who came in third. 

“I’m really stoked, I’m really happy,” she said in the finish area. “I accomplished exactly what I set out to today. I’m looking forward to competing more, building on that run, hopefully bringing in another new trick to the season as well.” Jaelin competed her new back mute grab on the top air and as the season gets underway, will look to bring in a new bottom air as well. 

The PowHERHouse turned it on and four American women qualified for finals: Kai Owens, Jaelin, Hannah Soar, and Tess Johnson.

On the men's side Dylan Walczyk posted the best result for the Americans with a fourth place finish. “Dylan had good precision on the runs, making the tricks count and maximizing his turns,” said Matt. 

Brad Wilson and Nick Page both skied in finals, finishing ninth and 10th, respectively. This was Nick’s second career finals appearance and the 10th place matched his career-best from Deer Valley in 2020. He wowed the venue with a surprise cork 14 on his bottom air, making him the first American to throw the trick in international competition, and the third person overall to do so. 

Thank you Supporters!

Thank you for your support of the 2020 U.S. Freestyle Moguls Ski Team Fundraiser! Because of your generous donation we were able to have a record-breaking year raising over $160,000 for the team, ensuring they are fully funded for the 2020 - 2021 season. Your support is critical to the continued success of these athletes.

Why Your Support is Important to the Athletes

"Without your support, we would not be able to do what we do well. After or before training we would have to work insane hours to save up for travel. We wouldn’t be training at our full potential and getting enough recovery to perform the way we need to, so with your help we can relieve a lot of the stress money puts on us and achieve what we are fully capable of."

"Being fully funded is critical for our team to maximize our performances. It takes away the financial strain related to training and competing, which allows us to put our full energy towards winning medals for Team USA. Our team is so grateful to have the opportunity to travel the world and represent the United States knowing that we have the support of our donors as we work to become the best in the world!" -Hannah Soar

The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation is the non-profit fundraising arm of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Incorporated in 1964 as a 501(c)3, the Foundation raises money to support year-round athlete training, development, competition and educational needs. Donations to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

The precision, focus and fearlessness required to be an elite moguls skier requires relentless dedication year-round. It takes physical strength and mental fortitude to push out of a Moguls World Cup start gate to ski through a field of bumps as big as boulders and launch over two airs, to face down the best skiers in the world on some of the meanest courses in professional skiing. The World Cup season sees moguls skiers across three continents over four months- it’s a long, grueling season, but the U.S. Moguls Team wouldn’t have it any other way. They dedicate themselves year-round to their craft. But they can’t do it alone. Without the support of their community and fans like you, chasing their Olympic dreams would not be possible. 

One funded athlete on the U.S. Moguls Team is a $40,000 investment per season. Please consider supporting the U.S. Moguls Team as they prepare for the 2021-2022 competition season.