The women’s moguls final on Sunday morning (Saturday evening in PyeongChang) was a cold night, conditions starting out icy on the hard-packed snow. As the night progressed, heavy snowfall began to soften conditions, though making visibility for landings more challenging. The steep and technical middle section challenged many of the athletes—the results a surprise as many of the women’s moguls favorites did not move on to the final round.
France’s Perrine Laffont, the 19-year-old gold medalist, finished with the fastest time and a score of 78.65. Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva won silver and bronze respectively, with scores of 78.56 and 77.40. Australian athlete Britteny Cox had a solid run but ended in 4th place. Canadian Andi Naude took the first jump too big, landing off balance, and skied off the course—a DNF.
Team USA had four women who made the finals though none made it to the top six—the third and final round. The majority of Team USA’s athletes performed well in the first round but were dinged for form, balance, or time in the second round. Jaelin Kauf, out of Alta, Wyo., placed 7th with a score of 76.03—two points off of Laffont’s top score. Keaton McCargo, from Telluride, Colo., followed in 8th with a score of 75.59. Vail, Colo.’s Tess Johnson, one of the youngest competitors at the age of 17, finished in 12th with a score of 70.49 following round 2. See full results here.
Men’s Moguls Final
The final event for Moguls freestyle skiing ended Monday morning (Sunday evening in Pyeong Chang). As was in the women’s final, cold temperatures of the evening meant a hard-packed, icy course for the men on Sunday evening. Whether it was due to the hard conditions or the technical middle section of the course, many of the men’s mogul favorites finished unexpectedly—some pulling off controlled fast turns and airs while many others crashed, unable to finish in the last two rounds.
Mikael Kingsbury, a Canadian favorite and top mogusl competitor, won gold, able to complete the three runs with a final and high score of 86.63. Australia’s Matt Graham, with a score of 82.57, and Japan’s Daichi Hara, with a score of 82.19, won silver and bronze respectively. Casey Andringa from Boulder, Colo. was the only Team USA athlete to make the final round, able to finish a smooth and controlled run in round two. Andringa placed 5th overall, with a score of 75.50. Many other men’s moguls favorites crashed in the second run, unable to land larger airs and control their speed and line in the middle section of the course. Other Team USA athletes, such as Troy Murphy, from Bethel, Maine, and Bradley Wilson, from Butte, Mont., did not proceed to the second and third rounds. See full results here.
Men’s Downhill and Women’s GS
The Men’s Downhill and the Women’s Giant Slalom were postponed due to wind gusts reaching 45 miles per hour. The events are rescheduled for Wednesday, February 14th.