FREESTYLE SKIING: Season titles on the line in Big Air and Ski Cross this weekend

U.S. Freestyle Moguls star Jaelin Kauf

The World Cup seasons for Big Air and Ski Cross will conclude this weekend, with three of the four seasonal titles still up for grabs.

Big Air in Quebec City

There have only been two Big Air events this season, so the possibilities are many. The current standings:

Men:
1. 160 Andri Ragettli (SUI)
2. 150 Birk Ruud (NOR)
3. 104 Evan McEachran (CAN)
4. 98 Alex Hall (USA)
5. 92 Finn Bitous (NZL)

Women:
1. 150 Elena Gaskill (CAN)
2. 109 Caroline Claire (USA)
3. 100 Mathilde Gremaud (SUI)
4. 82 Silvia Bertagna (ITA) ~ Defending Champion
5. 80 Sarah Hoefflin (SUI)

Ragettli has medaled in both events, winning in Cardrona (NZL) back in September (!) and then placing third behind Ruud and Hall on Modena (ITA) in November. Gaskell won the women’s Big Air in Cardrona and Gremaud won in Modena.

In the World Championships, Fabian Boesch (SUI) won the men’s Big Air and Tess Ledeux (FRA) won the women’s gold and none of the World Cup contenders were medalists.

So, anything can happen; the final will be on Saturday. Look for results here.

Ski Cross in Veysonnaz

The Ski Cross World Cup will finish with a single competition for men and women on Sunday (17th), with the men’s title decided and the women’s title almost clinched:

Men:
1. 696 Bastien Midol (FRA) ~ World Cup Champion
2. 472 Jean Frederic Chapuis (FRA)
3. 463 Alex Fiva (SUI)
4. 339 Brady Leman (CAN) ~ 2019 World Championships silver medalist
5. 287 Florian Wilmsmann (GER)

Women:
1. 763 Fanny Smith (SUI) ~ 2019 World Championships silver medalist
2. 675 Sandra Naeslund (SWE) ~ Defending Champion
3. 556 Marielle Thompson (CAN) ~ 2019 World Champion
4. 424 Alizee Baron (FRA) ~ 2019 World Championships bronze medalist
5. 417 Brittany Phelan (CAN)

Midol has clinched his first World Cup title, but teammate Francois Place won the Worlds gold, with Leman and Kevin Drury (CAN) third. Smith only needs three points to clinch the women’s seasonal title and should do so with ease. She’s won six of the 10 events on tour this season and medals in two other races.

Look for results here.

U.S. Moguls Championships in Waterville Valley

The annual U.S. Moguls Champs are on from Friday through Sunday at the Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire, with the Moguls finals on Saturday and the Dual Moguls event on Sunday.

Although the entries are not yet available, the top American performers so far this season in the World Cup are:

Men/Moguls:
7. 303 Bradley Wilson
9. 206 Casey Andringa
15. 166 Dylan Walczyk
19. 88 Hunter Bailey
22. 81 Jesse Andringa

Men/Dual Moguls:
7. 267 Bradley Wilson
10. 180 Casey Andringa
17. 134 Dylan Walczyk
21. 77 Hunter Bailey
25. 65 Jesse Andringa

Women/Moguls:
2. 570 Jaelin Kauf
5. 349 Tess Johnson
11. 206 Olivia Giaccio
12. 204 Nessa Dzieman
14. 158 Alex Jenson

Women/Dual Moguls:
3. 525 Jaelin Kauf
5. 320 Tess Johnson
11. 190 Nessa Dzieman
12. 166 Olivia Giaccio
16. 122 Alex Jenson

Wilson, Jesse Adringa and Walczyk went 1-2-3 in the men’s 2018 Moguls Championships; Wilson, Walczyk and Troy Murphy were the Dual Moguls medal winners.

The now-retired Keaton McCargo won the women’s 2018 Moguls title, with Avital Shimko and Giaccio in silver and bronze. The women’s Dual Moguls medal winners were Tess Johnson, Kauf and McCargo.

Look for results here.

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