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Kauf at U.S. Nationals

Jaelin Kauf, center, won her second and third championships last weekend.

Jaelin Kauf closed out another tremendous season Saturday and Sunday at the U.S. Freestyle Championships, where she took both the individual and dual moguls national titles.

Two weeks after securing her second straight second-place season finish in the World Cup moguls standings, Kauf won her second and third national championships at New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort.

“I feel like I’ve been trying for quite a few years and haven’t been able to get there yet, so I’m really stoked with (the singles title),” Kauf told the United States Ski Team following Saturday’s event. “There is so much talent on the U.S. women’s mogul team ... to be able to walk away with a win and stand on top of the podium today means a lot.”

The 22-year-old from Alta won the 2017 U.S. dual moguls title and has placed on the national podium six times in singles and duals over the past four years.

Kauf’s score of 83.19 Saturday secured her first singles national title by 2.73 points over teammate Hannah Soar. Kauf won her second duals title Sunday by defeating Ali Kariotis in the final. Soar placed third.

Kauf’s fourth season on the World Cup circuit was defined by stellar consistency. In 13 events, including nine World Cups and two World Championships, she never placed worse than sixth. She never once finished outside of the top five in any World Cup event.

The highlights of Kauf’s standout season include a silver medal in dual moguls on Feb. 9 at the World Ski Championships in Deer Valley, Utah, and back-to-back wins in singles and duals at the Dec. 15-16 annual World Cup stop in Thaiwoo, China. The silver in Utah was her second World Championship medal. She also won bronze in duals in 2017.

In the past two World Cup seasons Kauf has registered a whopping 16 top-five results, nine podiums and five wins.

Contact Clark Forster via Chance Q. Cook at 732-7065, sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

Sports Editor Chance Cook has lived in rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Butte, Montana. He is no stranger to spending time in the woods chasing animals. If you see him out, challenge him to a game of pool. Send tips and questions.

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