Athletes train on the mogul course at Tazawako Ski Resort ahead of the FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup. (FIS Freestyle)
SENBOKU CITY, Japan (Feb. 16, 2017) – After a successful Olympic test event in PyeongChang, South Korea last week, the FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup tour is moving on to the second-to-last stop of the season at Tazawako Ski Resort in Japan. Athletes will compete in both moguls and dual moguls Feb. 18-19.
The U.S. Ski Team has seen a high level of success in Tazawako since it became a stop on the tour two seasons ago. Morgan Schild (Rochester, NY) and Tom Rowley (Long Beach, NY) have both podiumed in duals, with Schild skiing to her first World Cup victory in 2015. Tazawako was also the site of Brad Wilson’s (Butte, MT) triumphant return to competition last season where he took the win in moguls. With strong podium potential on both the men’s and women’s sides, the U.S. team has the opportunity to build momentum heading into the end of the season and the 2017 World Championships.
The last two competitions of the season will give all athletes the opportunity to gain valuable World Cup points to advance themselves and their teams in the World Cup standings. Troy Murphy (Bethel, ME) and Keaton McCargo (Telluride, CO) currently lead the U.S. in the moguls World Cup standings, both sitting sixth. Other U.S. athletes in the top 10 in the rankings including Schild, Rowley and Jaelin Kauf (Alta, WY). Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury holds a dominate lead in the men’s standings with 630 points. The battle for the women’s title could be a bit more interesting, with 171 points separating current leader Britt Cox (AUS) and second ranked Justine Dufour-LaPointe (CAN).
Competition at Tazawako begins on Saturday with mogul qualifications at 9:45 a.m. local time. Finals will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday’s duals event begins at 12:05 p.m. with finals at 1:30 p.m. A live stream of finals for both events will be available at nbcsports.com/live.
U.S. Ski Team moguls athletes will compete in moguls and dual moguls Feb. 18-19 at Tazawako Ski Resort in Japan.
Tazawako is the second-to-last stop of the tour this season and a valuable opportunity to gain World Cup points.
Three athletes on the team have podiumed at the event previously.
Five U.S. athletes are currently in the top 10 in the World Cup rankings.