Olympian Jaelin Kauf won her first world cup moguls event of the season and her third world cup moguls title of her career with a victory in Thaiwoo, China, on Saturday.
Kauf finished with 83.08 points to beat Australia’s Jakara Anthony, who was fourth at the Olympics in February, as well as defending Olympic champion Perrine Laffont of France, who finished third. Anthony scored 82.42 points and Laffont 81.23.
This was just the second world cup moguls event of the year for the U.S. team. The moguls event consisted of three runs and the team will be back in action Sunday with the dual moguls event. Kauf also had success in Thaiwoo last season, where she had not only her first world cup podium finish but also her first world cup victory.
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Kauf enjoyed a breakout season last year. She finished in the top three in three of the first five world cup events of the season and qualified for her first Olympic team in January after a second-place finish at Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.
The 22-year-old from Vail, Colorado, finished seventh in moguls at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. She was the 2015-16 FIS moguls rookie of the year and after Saturday’s win is ranked second in the world cup standings.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.