PARK CITY, UTAH — Jaelin Kauf put together a strong first run to reach Friday’s six-skier moguls super finals, but one minor mistake on her second run prevented her from a medal.
Kauf placed sixth overall Friday night at the FIS World Ski Championships at Deer Valley Resort. The 22-year-old from Alta tried to make up for the error with aggressive skiing on the remainder of her run, but the one mistake was enough to keep her out of the top three.
“I kind of made a bobble on the top section,” Kauf said of a slight slide-out she took after landing her first jump. “I kind of held on to one of the turns a little long. After that I knew I had to really do something in the middle. It was all or nothing.”
The world’s third-ranked moguls skier finished her first run with a third-place score of 76.71 to advance to the super finals.
“I was happy with that first run,” she said. “I still had a couple things I wanted to fix, a couple minor things. I knew that wasn’t all that I had. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I definitely have more left in the tank.”
Kauf’s first-run score would have placed her fourth overall had she posted the score in the super finals. Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva won the event with a score of 79.14.
Kauf had already set her focus on Saturday night’s dual moguls competition by the time the Kazakhstan national anthem finished blaring over the venue’s loudspeakers. It’s an event she took the bronze medal in at the last World Championships in 2017. Kauf has recorded four wins in her last eight dual moguls competitions.
“I love dual moguls. It’s a different mindset, a different mentality,” she said. “You kind of let yourself go a little bit more. I think it’s fun pushing yourself as much as you can against those other girls and see what can happen out there.”
Competition begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tune into the NBC Sports Network or NBCSports.com/live to catch the action from Utah.