A break out season in 2015-16 landed Olivia Giaccio on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team's mogul D team. (Steve Earl)
Keaton McCargo lead the charge for the U.S. in Ruka with a third place finish.
The FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup tour will kick off on Dec. 10 in the winter wonderland of Ruka, Finland.
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The 2015-16 season was a red-hot one for Olivia Giaccio. She was quickly recording top results, including three top-5 finishes at the Selections event in December 2015. Her outstanding performance at Selections earned her the chance to start in a World Cup event at Utah's Deer Valley Resort in February 2016. Giaccio qualified for the finals in her first world cup event, finishing 16th in singles. A hard crash two days later in the dual moguls competition put a halting stop to her season and kept her out of the bumps and away from the jarring impacts for more than a month, but it didn’t keep her off skis.
Instead, she worked on her form on flats with Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and was cleared to get back in the bumps a week before the 2016 Freestyle Junior Nationals event in Sun Valley, Idaho where Giaccio claimed the overall Junior National Champion title. A week later she went on to wow a collection of the nation’s best mogul skiers with a second place podium finish at the U.S. Freestyle National Championships.
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