There was no real resolution to the season on the course, but there will be a highlight to go out on for Alta native Jaelin Kauf.
The 23-year-old moguls skier was named U.S. Ski and Snowboard freestyle athlete of the year, joining a short list of dominant American skiers and snowboarders whose seasons were cut way short by the COVID-19 outbreak.
She also won the honor in 2018.
Kauf scored four World Cup podiums, including a win to close the season ranked third in the world. Always known for her speed down the course, Kauf’s aim this year was to bolster her aerials package, chiefly by adding a cork 7 and a back mute.
“There is so much that goes into what we do,” she told USSkiandSnowboard.org. “I have an amazing support group of family, friends, sponsors and this entire organization that make it possible for me to do what I love and have fun with it. I love skiing and competing, and my passion for the sport is what continues to drive me.”
Montana’s Maggie Voisin was named the freeski athlete of the year, Vermont’s Tara Geraghty was named the Nordic combined athlete of the year, Wisconsin’s Andrew Urlaub was named the ski jumping athlete of the year and California’s Dusty Henricksen was named the snowboard athlete of the year.
Two athletes tied for the Beck International trophy, which recognizes the top athlete in international competition for the season. Colorado’s Mikaela Shiffrin won as the alpine athlete of the year, and Alaska’s Gus Schumacher won as the cross-country athlete of the year.