Jaelin Kauf poses for a portrait during the Team USA Beijing 2022 Olympic shoot on Sept. 12, 2021 in Irvine, Calif.
The Beijing Games will be a homecoming of sorts for Kai Owens. Born in China, Owens was abandoned in a town square when she was a baby. After spending time in an orphanage, she was adopted by American parents at about 16 months old. Now residing in Vail, Colorado, the 17-year-old Owens is a rising stars in women’s moguls. She was the 2021 world cup women’s rookie of the year and has finished in the top 10 of each event she has competed in this season.
Jaelin Kauf, 25, is perhaps the fastest moguls skier on tour and is competing at her second Olympics, having finished seventh at PyeongChang. The Alta, Wyoming, native and 2016 world cup rookie of the year has finished in the top five on tour the last four seasons. Also making their Olympic debuts are Hannah Soar, a 22-year-old from Killington, Vermont, who first made the national team as a high school junior, and Olivia Giaccio, a 21-year-old from Redding, Connecticut, who was the first woman to ever attempt a cork 1080 in a world cup event.
Making his third trip to the Olympics, 29-year-old Bradley Wilson of Butte, Montana, finished 20th at Sochi and 18th at PyeongChang. Nick Page, a 19-year-old from Park City, Utah, who is the second person to attempt a cork 1440 at an FIS event, will be appearing in his first Olympics. Also making their Olympic debuts are Dylan Walczyk of Rochester, New York, who is doing so at age 28, and 18-year-old Park City resident Cole McDonald, who lived in Singapore for four years.