FREESTYLE SKIING Previews: World Cup Moguls in Tremblant; U.S. Aerials Champs in Lake Placid

U.S. Freestyle Moguls star Jaelin Kauf

This is the busy season for Freestyle and the Moguls competitors will be in Tremblant (CAN) on Saturday for their third event in the last 14 days. Canada’s Olympic champ Mikael Kingsbury was working on four wins in a row this season when he finished off the podium last Sunday at Lake Placid and Benjamin Cavet (FRA), Walter Wallberg (SWE) and Matt Graham (AUS) took the medals.

That snapped a 23-meet World Cup medals streak for Kingsbury, so he will be keen to start another.

The women’s Moguls situation is just as confused as ever, as the four events held this season have had four different winners: Perrine Laffont (FRA), Jaelin Kauf (USA), Yulia Galysheva (KAZ) and Jakara Anthony (AUS) last week in Lake Placid. However, Laffont has been the most consistent, with a medal in all four events, finishing 1-3-2-2. Kauf, Anthony, Galysheva and American Tess Johnson each have two medals this season, and Laffont leads Kauf and Anthony in the World Cup standings: 400-355-325.

NBC’s Olympic Channel has coverage on Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Look for results here.

The U.S. Aerials Championships will also be held on Saturday, at Lake Placid, New York, a week after the FIS World Cup Aerials season opened.

There are no World Cup Aerials events this week, but it’s impossible to know who will actually appear for the U.S. Nationals. At the Lake Placid Aerials, the top U.S. men were Christopher Lillis (7th), Alex Bowen (15th) and Eric Loughran (16). The top women were Madison Varmette (5th), Winter Vinecki (6th) and Karenna Elliott (15th).

Last year’s champions were Harrison Smith and Morgan Northrop and Northrop will look to defend her title in 2019. Look for a results link here.