It took Morgan Schild 22 months to earn her second world cup podium. She only had to wait 20 days for her third, a moguls victory on home snow Thursday evening at the Visa Freestyle International in Park City, Utah.
A torn ACL forced the lengthy span between her first podium, a dual moguls win in March 2015 in Tazawako, Japan, and her next podium, a third-place finish in moguls Jan. 13 in Lake Placid, New York.
Less than three weeks later, she collected her first-career moguls world cup win in resounding fashion. Tenth in qualifying, the 19-year-old from Pittsford, New York, jumped to the top with a Final 1 score of 79.38, 0.56 points ahead of Russia’s Marika Pertakhiya and Australia’s Britteny Cox, the 2015 world bronze medalist and current world cup leader.
Schild was even stronger in the second final, scoring 81.27 to stay ahead of all challengers. Reigning Olympic champion Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada, second to Cox in the world cup standings, was the runner-up in an event she won a year ago, 2.67 behind. Cox settled for third, trailing by more than six points. Team USA’s Nessa Dziemian finished fifth, matching her career-best showing last week in Calgary, Alberta.
In the men’s competition, Troy Murphy advanced to the super final and placed fifth, his best finish since a fourth two years ago in Val St. Come, Quebec.