A break out season in 2015-16 landed Olivia Giaccio on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team's mogul D team. (Steve Earl)
Brad Wilson closed out the FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup season on the podium with a third place finish at Thaiwoo Ski Resort on Sunday.
Jaelin Kauf won her first World Cup with teammate Olivia Giaccio joining her on the podium in third.
Jaelin Kauf scored her second career podium at the Visa Freestyle International.
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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