4 Steamboat Springs-connected skiers named to U.S. moguls team
May 10, 2017
Steamboat Springs — Some Steamboat Springs skiers were on and some off Wednesday as the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team nominations were released for the 2017-18 winter season.
Four skiers with ties to Steamboat were among the 21 skiers named to the moguls team.
No surprise, Jaelin Kauf was at the top of the list for locals.
Kauf, a graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, burst onto the World Cup moguls scene two years ago then solidified her status as one of the world's best this most recent season.
She was World Cup rookie of the year in 2015-16, then this winter, she earned her first World Cup podium with a third-place finish at Deer Valley Resort, Utah. She followed that up with her first World Cup win in Tazawako, Japan, then capped it all with a World Championship bronze medal in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
Kauf was on the U.S. Ski Team's B team a year ago, but her accomplishments earned her a promotion to the A-team for this coming winter, promising better funding for her season.
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She's there with Telluride skier Keaton McCargo and Vail skier Morgan Schild.
Olivia Giaccio, who had a powerful season of her own, made the ski team's B squad.
Giaccio spent a season training in Steamboat prior to making the U.S. team last year. She logged three top-10 World Cup finishes this season including her first podium when she placed third in Tazawako, Japan. She skied at the World Championships, then won dual moguls and was third in moguls at the Junior World Championships.
Patrick Deneen, a world champion in 2009 and an Olympian in 2010 and 2014, is on the D team. Deneen trained with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coaches during his career.
Finally, Trudy Michel is on the women's D team. She's the youngest athlete on this year's teams, just 16 years old. Giaccio is also 16, though five months older.
It was Michel’s first appearance on the team. She won the moguls competition at Junior World Championships.
Skier Ryan Dyer, who moved back to Steamboat Springs from Park City this winter, wasn't included on the team after two seasons on it, though he indicated earlier this year he intended to keep competing regardless of his status with the team.