The FIS Freestyle World Cup is amazing to watch, as there's always someone spinning and flipping in the air. Some runs are stomped, some run are not, but every single moment is entertaining.
We love the mogul competitions the most. Watching professional athletes shred zipper lines with perfect form and then sending backflips and D-Spins always satisfies. So, without further ado, these were our favorite highlights from the 2017/2018 season.
Located north of the arctic circle and a few hours from the Finnish/Russian border, Ruka is the first major stop of the FIS Freestyle World Cup tour. This past year, Australian Britteny Cox lived up to the hype and took the win over Canada's Aubrey Robichaud and Russian Marika Pertakhiya.
But where things really got steamy was in the men's competition, where Canadian Mikael Kingsbury beat Kazakhstan's Dmitriy Reikherd and Pavel Kolmakov. It was Kingsbury's 43rd world cup win, but he was just getting started.
Deer Valley, Utah
The Utah stop of the FIS Freestyle World Cup tour saw two American women on the podium on the first day, but the top spot went to Frenchwoman Perrine Laffont. On the second day, however, American Jaelin Kauf took the win over Laffont with more speed and a bigger backflip on the second air. Her US Ski Team comrade Morgan Schild took third on both days.
For two days in a row on the men's side at Deer Valley, it was the Mikael Kingsbury show. The Canadian's incredible speed and fluidity mesmerized both the judges and the crowd, and he took home two gold medals because of it. On the first day, he bested Japan's Sho Endo and American Bradley Wilson, and then beat Reikherd and Australia's Matt Graham on day 2. In the process, he broke the record for most World Cup wins (47 and 48, respectively).
The end of the FIS World Cup tour for moguls happened in France, where the dual-moguls format kept things lively on the final day. It came down to American Jaelin Kauf against rival, PyeongChang Gold Medalist, and local hero Perrine Laffont, who wobbled mid-run giving Kauf the win. Laffont still took home the Crystal Globe, and at 19, she still has a bright future of skiing ahead of her.
The men's dual mogul final provided a side-by-side glimpse at just how good Mikael Kingsbury is compared to his peers, as he just zoomed ahead of Frenchman Benjamin Cavet mid run. Kingsbury took home his 8th win of the season and 49th career World Cup victory. We can't way to see number 50 and more in 2018/19.
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